The Digital Digest: Altice takes BT stake; Colony Capital rebrands; QTS breaks records; and Ivo Ivanov talks Space-IX

10 June 2021 | Capacity Team

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Season 2, episode 19 is presented by deputy editor Melanie Mingas, and features editor-at-large Alan Burkitt-Gray, senior reporter Natalie Bannerman, and special guest Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International.

In this episode of the Digital Digest, we roundup the biggest stories of the week from billion-dollar deals to space interconnection.

Natalie covers the news that Superloop is to acquire Exetel for $110 million and Patrick Drahi’s Altice UK has taken a 12% stake in BT. However, it was subsea has dominating  headlines this week following the news that installation for the NO-UK cable  has begun; Infinera's ICE6 solution has been selected by PEACE Cable International Network and  PCCW Global; while SubCom has been selected by Google to design, manufacture, and deploy its Firmina cable.

Alan talks about Colony Capital's name change, Veon's move to separate its services and investment unit, and Reliance Foundation's pledge to financially support the families of employees who lost their lives to Covid. Also in telecoms, Huawei's fortunes could be about to change following events in the US and the launch of its cyber security centre.

In data centres, Natalie covers the news that Australia's DCI is building its first facility in New Zealand; Alibaba Cloud has opened its first data centre in the Philippines; FiberLight has completed its fibre expansion in El Paso; and Blackstone's acquisition of QTS Realty Trust  has put the industry on tack for a new M&A record in 2021.

Joining this week's conversation, we also welcome Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International who talks about Space-IX, the growing role of satellite and CDNs.