Five things to watch March 4: SES unveils strategic transformation, IAA launches interconnect via API PCCW Global and Cecon wins the contract to install Skagenfiber West cable

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Capacity shares 5 key stories from around the world making headlines today!

Vocus unveils new branding

Vocus rebrands with a new look that reflects the company’s vision deliver an experience that is “brilliant made simple”.

As part of this new branding, Vocus will launch a refreshed website and unified social media presence. Additionally, Vocus New Zealand will implement this new branding while Vocus’ retail brands in Australia and New Zealand will continue to operate independently.

“Vocus has made significant progress in our strategy to simplify and grow our business, and our refreshed brand reflects our clear focus on delivering an experience for our customers that is brilliant made simple.”

SES unveils next phase in strategic transformation

SES has announced plans to launch a programme to position itself for future growth and deliver high value to its customers.

The programme, called Simplify and Amplify and executed throughout 2020, comprises a series of strategic actions to enable SES to best deliver against its declared purpose of doing the extraordinary in space to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on Earth.

 “This next phase of our strategic transformation is designed to ensure that we prepare SES for an exciting future while delivering on our commitments to customers and to the market today,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES. “In so doing, we will make SES a simpler organisation to do business with and deliver substantial value to all of our stakeholders.”

Cecon wins the contract to install Skagenfiber West cable

Lyse, a Norwegian fibre operator and owner of Altibox Carrier, confirms that its has awarded the contract to install the Skagenfiber West subsea cable to Cecon Contracting.

Cecon is a Norwegian company itself and will use the Normand Cutter as its main vessel for the project and is due for completion in summer 2020.

Skagenfiber West will connect Larvik, Norway to Hirtshals, Denmark. It will comprise of 48 fibre-pairs offering speeds of 40Tbps as well as a total capacity of 1,920Tbps.

IAA, PCCW Global launch API interconnect

The Internet Association of Australia and PCCW Global have announced their API interconnect as part of a bilateral collaboration.

Under the terms of the agreement, customers of both PCCW Global’s Console Connect SDI platform or IAA’s peering fabric IX Australia will be able to access all network services on either carrier or fabric through their respective online portals.

“Having a partner like the Internet Association of Australia enables its members to access our pay-as-you-go global uncontended network and extend their reach between key data centres, cloud services / partners or other users across our global platform,” Michael Glynn, vice president of digital automated innovation, PCCW Global. “The collaboration will also, in time, facilitate extended reach for our global customers to more data centres in Australia and New Zealand.”

50 telecoms towers to be built in Sabah under NFCP 1 project

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will build 50 telecoms towers across Sabah as part of the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP 1).

“Edotco Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Edotco) and FGV Prodata Systems Sdn Bhd (Prodata) have been awarded the first phase of the NFCP project with the scope of supplying, preparing and installing the towers and its support, for the purpose of providing public cellular service,” said Roslan Mohamad, MCMC director.

The 50 new towers are an addition to the existing 516 owned by MCMC in Sabah.