In June, more than 7,000 people from more than 2,000 companies attended ITW (Intl. Telecoms Week) in Atlanta, Ga. Each year, the event brings stakeholders in the global wholesale telecoms industry together to network and discuss industry trends, like digital transformation, cybersecurity, blockchain, AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning, automation, and 5G. Do trends in telecom impact the trajectory in the IoT (Internet of Things)? Absolutely. Here are some news items from the show.

Subsea cable news included a multi-year deal announcement from Cinturion, a provider of subsea and terrestrial capacity-based network solutions, the GCC Interconnection Authority, and Etihad Atheeb Telecom, a telecommunications operator in the Middle East. The organizations are working together to land a Cinturion subsea cable and provide its cross-border terrestrial network to Jordan. The result of the deal will be providing advanced fiber optic technology to the region’s bandwidth-hungry data centers. By building additional diverse routes and connecting itself to the East and West, the companies say they’re creating an “information superhighway” that will offer unprecedented capacity.

A submarine telecommunications cable across the Arctic Sea will soon be under development thanks to a newly signed and announced deal between Cinia, a provider of high-availability data network and software solutions, and MegaFon, a Russian telecommunications company. The project will offer a low-latency sea route between Europe and northern Asia and help meet connectivity requirements in the Arctic region.

In data center news, Leaseweb, a provider of hosting and cloud services, announced the successful implementation of the Infinera Groove G30 Network Disaggregation Platform to interconnect data centers in North America and meet the growing needs of its customers.  STACK INFRASTRUCTURE, a data center company, also announced plans to significantly expand its Chicago data center campus, expanding its total capacity at the Chicago campus to at least 33MW.

Another trend making headlines at ITW was blockchain. TOMIA, a connectivity solution provider for service providers worldwide, for instance, announced a new optimized blockchain-based solution to the telecoms market. To leverage blockchain to optimize settlement and dispute management in the realms of interconnect and roaming, TOMIA is partnering with Microsoft and its Azure Blockchain Service, as well as KPMG and R3, an enterprise blockchain software firm.

Similarly, the ITW GLF (Global Leaders’ Forum) announced a partnership with CSG, a software and services provider, to create the Communications Blockchain Network, an open blockchain ecosystem aimed at enabling automation and improving security for carrier inter-service provider settlement processes. The network is expected to launch later this year. CSG says the adoption of blockchain technology not only helps carriers reduce costs but can also enhance revenue growth by supporting new and enhanced services brought about by 5G and the IoT.

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