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DE-CIX expands again in North America, adding Phoenix, Arizona (AZ), as its fifth IX in the U.S.. After a year of double-digit growth and expansion in 2020, with the addition of DE-CIX multi-service interconnection platforms in Chicago and Richmond, Phoenix is set to become DE-CIX’s western-most location, fortifying connectivity across the United States while enhancing gateway access between North America, South America, and Europe.

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Telia Carrier announced that it has expanded its partnership with Flexential, adding a new Point of Presence (PoP) in the Flexential Hillsboro 2 data center in Oregon, bringing improved diversity and high-speed connectivity to content and cloud providers in the Silicon Forest region. Telia Carrier’s expansion in Hillsboro gives customers more options to directly connect in the market avoiding backhaul and latency. Hillsboro continues to grow as a key connection point for subsea cable landings and international traffic from Asia.

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Sparkle and Trans Ocean Network, a Panama-based telecommunications company, have agreed to form a strategic joint venture for the construction of an open landing and connectivity center in Panama that would become the digital hub for all Central America, the Andean region, and the Caribbean.

Read more: Sparkle, Trans Ocean Network Launch Panama Digital Gateway

NTT announced that its Global Data Centers Americas division is building a new data center campus in Phoenix, Arizona slated to open in early 2022. This will be the fourth US market NTT has launched since February 2021, growing its footprint from three to seven campuses.

Read more: NTT to Open New Data Center Campus in Arizona

The 2Africa consortium, comprised of China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC, announced the addition of four new branches to the 2Africa cable. The branches will extend 2Africa’s connectivity to the Seychelles, the Comoros Islands, and Angola, and bring a new landing to south-east Nigeria. The new branches join the recently announced extension to the Canary Islands.

Read more: New Branches for the 2Africa Submarine Cable

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how crucial it is to have stable and high-speed internet access. In the thick of social distancing, broadband connections allow people to work remotely, do e-learning, access health care services, and perform ordinary household activities such as ordering food or groceries.

Read more: The Future of Broadband: Fiber and Wireless Combined

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