Eurobites: Proximus taps Google for ‘sovereign cloud’ in Belgium and Luxembourg

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Also in today’s EMEA regional roundup: Seacom goes live on Equiano subsea cable; go higher, says Telecom Italia; Open Fiber revenue up by a quarter in 2022.

Proximus has struck a five-year deal with Google to deliver “sovereign” cloud services in Belgium and neighboring Luxembourg. Under the terms of the agreement, sovereign cloud services will support “disconnected” operations through Google Distributed Cloud Hosted, which does not require connectivity to Google Cloud’s central nervous system – situated god knows where – to manage infrastructure, services or APIs. The hope is that this partnership will help government-related organizations and others to securely handle sensitive workloads. Proximus plans to work with LuxConnect, a data center service provider owned by the Luxembourg state. Proximus CEO Guillaume Boutin described the deal as a “major milestone” that would “guarantee full operational sovereignty for its clients – on EU’s terms.”

(Source: Proximus)

African managed services provider Seacom has gone live on the Equiano subsea cable following the cable’s landing in Cape Town last year. Seacom, which uses optical transmission gear from US-based Infinera, offers private line services with latency speeds of +/-110ms between South Africa and Europe.

Telecom Italia (TIM) plans to ask

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