Google to build 3 new subsea cables, add 5 regions to cloud service

(Telecompaper) Google has announced plans to commission 3 new undersea cables and add 5 regions to its cloud network in a bid to expand its infrastructure and provide faster and more reliable connectivity for internet users. The company revealed in a blog post that the Netherlands and Montreal cloud regions will open in the first quarter of 2018, followed by Los Angeles, Finland and Hong Kong. It will then team up with TE SubCom, NEC Corp and RTI-C in 2019 to roll out its own submarine cables connecting Chile to Los Angeles, Denmark and Ireland to the US and Hong Kong to Guam. …read more

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US states file legal challenge against FCC net neutrality decision

(Telecompaper) Twenty-two states in the US have filed an appeal against the Federal Communications Commission’s recent reform of net neutrality rules. The coalition of state attorneys general filed a petition for review in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, saying the FCC’s decision to roll back the rules passed under the previous administration was “illegal”. …read more

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Iliad appoints 29-year-old as Italian CEO

(Telecompaper) French operator Iliad has announced the appointment of 29-year-old Benedetto Levi as the CEO of its new Italian mobile operation. Turin-born Levi has a master’s in management from the ESCP Europe business school in Paris where he founded a startup specialising in the sale of smartphone accessories. In 2015 he was appointed country manager of Italian startup Captain Train, later acquired by global train ticket retailer Trainline. …read more

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