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Key strategic locations to aid the development of nationwide 5G infrastructure 1st September, 2020 – Shared Access, an independent owner and operator of shared wireless infrastructure, today announces an agreement with air traffic service provider, NATS, to acquire marketing and development rights for opportunities across key NATS sites. The new deal marks phase two of a collaboration that began in 2018 with an initial five sites being transferred to Shared Access, bringing dedicated TowerCo expertise to NATS. Shared Access will deliver its established knowledge of managing Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) and Wireless Network provider tenants. The consolidated NATS deal, builds on the nationwide communications network of sites owned by Shared Access, at a key time when the rollout of 5G infrastructure will define UK’s communications standards and capabilities. The NATS locations will add to the existing Shared Access portfolio of more than 30,000 available key sites, which combined with Shared Access’s strong investment capability will enable rapid development of new strategically located communication sites, complete with fibre connectivity. This strength will help mobile and wireless operators to bring more consumers and business users 5G services. Existing Shared Access site locations include well located sports – football, rugby, and lawn tennis clubs, as well as churches, providing mobile coverage at the heart of communities nationally. The unique partnership sees NATS continue to work with Shared Access in the development and...

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Macquarie makes £73 million debt investment in UK data centre sector

London, 1 September 2020 – Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS) today announced its first transaction in the data centre sector, supporting Vantage Data Centers, a leading global provider of hyperscale data centre campuses, in its acquisition of Next Generation Data, Europe’s largest data centre campus.   Next Generation Data is a 180 MW data centre campus located in Newport, Wales. The campus offers wholesale out-of-town data centre space for some of the world’s largest companies via an existing 72 MW facility and 108 MW of expansion capacity. Vantage Data Centers acquired the facility from its founders and InfraVia in July 2020 as part of an ongoing strategic expansion across Europe.   MIDIS was one of the largest participants in Vantage Data Centers’ £320 million debt financing package arranged by Natixis, providing £73 million of the debt facilities to support the acquisition and future expansion of the campus. The investment, which was made on behalf of UK, European, and Asian pension fund and insurance clients, represents MIDIS’ continued strong appetite to finance high quality assets in the growing digital infrastructure sector.   Tom van Rijsewijk, Managing Director, MIDIS, said: “Data centres play a key role in supporting the world’s fast-growing digital economy. We see a growing role for MIDIS in the sector by partnering with leading sponsors to meet the rising demand for connectivity and exponential data growth expected...

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The Panasonic KX-NSV300 software business communication system now has a variety of flexible installation and cost effective options for business plus supports use with Amazon Web Services Bracknell, UK. 1st September 2020 – Panasonic has enhanced its software business communication system, the KX-NSV300, by offering a variety of easy installation and cost effective options for organisations and adding support for Amazon Web Services (AWS), as its first public cloud integration. The KX-NSV300 provides businesses with next generation telephony functionality and flexibility in a software communication system that removes the need for up-front hardware investment. The latest enhancements allow companies to choose and migrate between three versions of the system depending on their user requirements. Panasonic KX-NSV300 Small is ideal for organisations with up to 60 users and allows 32 simultaneous calls. Medium is for organisations with up to 120 users and allows 64 simultaneous calls. Large provides services for up to 300 users and 126 simultaneous calls. The latest versions of the KX-NSV300 system can also be installed on a single virtual machine with a smaller memory footprint – shrinking capacity requirements and rental charges. In addition to on-premise and private cloud installations, such as data centres, the solution can now also be hosted on the largest public cloud provider, Amazon Web Services.[1] “These enhancements to the KX-NSV300 solution offer small and mid-market organisations increased levels of flexibility along...

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Extreme is the Fastest Growing Vendor in Omdia 2020 Cloud-Managed Networking Report

Latest Market Analysis Shows Extreme is the #2 Vendor in Cloud-Managed Networking, with Increasing Market Share, Revenue, and Devices Under Management READING, UK., September 1, 2020 — Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), a cloud-driven networking company, today announced it is the fastest-growing vendor in Omdia’s 2020 Cloud Managed Networking Report. Omdia is a global technology research group established following the merger of the research division of Informa Tech’s research brands – Ovum, Heavy Reading, Tractica – and the acquired IHS Markit technology research portfolio. In the report, Omdia found that of the top five vendors in the cloud-managed networking market, Extreme has experienced the largest increase in market share since the release of the 2019 industry report from IHS Markit. Key Facts According to the report, the global cloud-managed networking market grew by $2.6 billion in 2019, a 29% increase from 2018 and a significant increase over the traditional managed networking market, which grew by 3% in the same time frame. The cloud- managed share of the total networking market is expected to triple by 2024, even with COVID-19. Extreme’s strong growth follows its 2019 acquisition of Aerohive Networks, which was successfully integrated as of April 2020. Omdia also cites Extreme’s flexible management model—companies can migrate from an on-premises installation to a public cloud subscription or even an off-premises private cloud, depending on needs— and plans to cloudify its...

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Mindtree Partners with Mölnlycke for Enterprise Application and Cloud Transformation Journey

Five-year contract with the Swedish medical solutions company to strengthen Mindtree’s presence in the European market with accelerated SAP-run transformation London, UK, 1st Sept 2020 – Mindtree, a leading digital transformation and technology services company, today announced that it has partnered with Mölnlycke to provide SAP application development and maintenance along with cloud operations. Mindtree will help migrate Mölnlycke’s on-premise SAP to Microsoft Azure and accelerate towards a platform-led DevSecOps operating model ensuring faster response to business changes and reliable IT support. Mölnlycke is a market-leading supplier of wound care and surgical products and solutions. With this engagement, Mölnlycke will be able to deliver solutions in an agile, reliable, and secure manner which will support key business functions to bring new products to market faster and drive better user experiences. “Our goal has always been to improve healthcare outcomes, and we recognize the importance of digital transformation and moving more of our business to the cloud in that mission,” said Daniel Frick, VP IT, Mölnlycke. “Partnering with Mindtree is one component to enable us to make our business more agile, pivot to new opportunities more quickly.” Mindtree will support and operate the SAP landscape through process transformation and automation of IT using its platform-led operating model. As part of the engagement, Mindtree will also automate the testing process to ensure faster system releases. “The healthcare sector is being faced with...

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