The Digital Digest

The Digital Digest: A new subsea system for the Pacific, cloud migration rises in Europe, and in Virginia, the data centre industry is being turned on its head

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Season 2, episode 11 is presented by deputy editor Melanie Mingas, and features editor-at-large Alan Burkitt-Gray, senior reporters Abigail Opiah and Natalie Bannerman, and special guest Josh Snowhorn.

In this episode of the Digital Digest, we roundup the biggest stories of the week from OneWeb's aviation network to the "Swiss army knife of data centre campuses".



Natalie explains why Airtel Africa has become the latest telco to sell off its tower infrastructure, and over in the GCC Virgin Mobile Kuwait has become the country's first MVNO.

In subsea, Galapagos Cable Systems (GCS) and Xtera are to build a new system to the Galapagos Islands and Interxion has entered into an agreement with Telxiusto enable direct interconnection for the Dunant subsea cable at Interxion Paris, France.

In data centres, Abigail covers the news that demand for facilities in Europe is on track to increase by a third this year, while over at AWS a new CEO has been named.

Abigail also shares the news that in Australia, Upcloud has confirmed a new data centre in Sydney and in Nebraska, Facebook is expanding its Papillion facility.

Alan brings us the latest on how the pandemic is forcing change in the industry. This follows the news this week that international mobile money transactions have reached US$1 billion a month and home working is on track to continue for the foreseeable. While in China, the pandemic has pushed spending on cloud infrastructure to $5.8 billion.

And in preparation for the end of the pandemic – and the return of international travel –  OneWeb is moving into aviation networks.

Joining this week's conversation, former Terremark and CyrusOne executive Josh Snowhorn shares the details on Quantum Loophole. In the interview, Snowhorn explains the plans, the story behind the name, and why it is the "Swiss army knife" of data centre campuses.

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Season 2, episode 11 is presented by deputy editor Melanie Mingas, and features editor-at-large Alan Burkitt-Gray, senior reporters Abigail Opiah and Natalie Bannerman, and special guest Josh Snowhorn.