The Digital Digest: Orange lands smart city contract; fibre news from Canada and Australia; internet traffic grows 40% and Equinix posts its financial results

12 February 2021 | Melanie Mingas

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Season 2, episode 5 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 Helen Xenos, senior director, portfolio marketing at Ciena.

In the world of data centres, Abigail brings us the story behind the €569 million euro buyout of BICS. Egypt's new capital city will have ICT infrastructure provided by Orange Business Services, but the city still doesn't have a name, so Abigail shares her suggestions. Meanwhile in Mumbai, Yotta Infrastructure has signed a new deal with Essar Capital; and Equinix'sfinancial results are out.

Natalie explains why the UK's Ministry of Defence is upgrading its satellite system, there are massive fibre developments from Canadaand breaking news from Australia; and there are project updates from Ciena on its projects with Southern Cross and Bulk Fiber Networks.

Alan explains why SoftBankis spending $21bn on 5G and 6G and the economics of offering satellite connectivity for $5 a month. Meanwhile the latest internet traffic figures are out for 2020, confirming a 40% increase over the year.

Also in this episode, Natalie speaks to Helen Xenos, senior director, portfolio marketing at Ciena, who explains how 800G is making its way down the pipeline.

Season 2, episode 5 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 Helen Xenos, senior director, portfolio marketing at Ciena.