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Hitachi begins testing Ericsson ’ s 5G-powered industrial IoT solutions at its Silicon Valley research center

Equinix completes US $ 780 million acquisition of 13 Bell data centers in Canada

Equinix , a digital infrastructure company , has announced the completion of its acquisition of 13 data centers in Canada and their operations from BCE ( Bell ).

The US $ 780 million ( CA $ 1,041 million ) all-cash transaction includes more than 600 customers , of which more than 500 are new to Equinix , and approximately 1.2 million gross square feet of data center space .

In partnership with Ericsson , Hitachi

America has installed a dedicated 5G network at its Silicon Valley Research Center in Santa Clara , California .
The network will leverage 5G and Hitachi America ’ s platform technology to accelerate the development and demonstrate the value of Digital Transformation across industries .
With this network , Hitachi America will be able to validate new 5G technologies and related solutions it is developing to generate an understanding of their potential value to customers .
Hitachi America intends to start by testing manufacturing solutions using the 5G collaborative teleoperation technology co-developed with Georgia Institute of Technology and continue to work closely with Ericsson on joint development initiatives for industry solutions as a result of this new dedicated 5G lab network .
“ Ericsson has been working with Hitachi and its ecosystem partners to identify use cases for co-development of industry vertical 5G-enabled IoT solutions to meet product pipeline demands as 5G adoption accelerates ,” said Erik Josefsson , Head of Advanced Industries , Ericsson .
“ This new dedicated 5G network is another proof point in our collaboration moving forward .”
The dedicated 5G network will provide a test environment for Hitachi America and Ericsson to explore 5G solutions in North America , as well as for potential interested customers to join Hitachi ’ s co-creation approach to accelerate development and validate the value of Digital Transformation .
The deal solidifies Equinix ’ s position as a leading digital infrastructure provider in Canada , enabling Canadian businesses , as well as multinationals with a presence in Canada , to leverage a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure to power their success .
Equinix also announced that Andrew Eppich , a six-year veteran of Equinix originally from Toronto , has been appointed Managing Director , Canada .
In this role , Eppich will be responsible for defining Equinix ’ s strategic vision to : develop the enterprise market ; deliver a strong network of prospects , customers and channel partners ; provide thought leadership to accelerate new business and revenue growth and expand Equinix ’ s role as a trusted advisor to companies as they expand their digital infrastructure .
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