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Excitement Builds as PTC’24 Awards Shortlist Reveals Industry Trailblazers

Honolulu, 21 December 2023 – The Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) is pleased to announce the shortlist for the PTC’24 Awards, honoring excellence in the digital infrastructure, telecommunications, information and communication technology (ICT) sector. The finalists in each category represent the cream of the crop in the industry, showcasing innovation, leadership and commitment to advancing the digital landscape.

The annual PTC’24 Awards highlight and celebrate those who have demonstrated outstanding achievements and contributions to the field. This year’s shortlist reveals exceptional nominees across various categories including submarine network, satellite, data center, enterprise solutions, carrier solutions, innovation, leadership and more. Each finalist is making a significant impact on the industry and in digital transformation.

Shortlist in alphabetical order includes company, project and individual awards:

  • Bankai Group
  • Baylink Networks, Inc.
  • BridgeVoice Pluto
  • China Telecom Canada
  • Console Connect
  • CtrlS Datacenters Ltd
  • DCConnect Global’s DC Gateway
  • Digicel Pacific
  • DigitalBridge
  • EdgeConneX
  • Ezee Fiber
  • Kacific
  • MACH Networks
  • MTA
  • PCCW Global
  • Princeton Digital Group
  • Project Semata
  • Scala Data Centers
  • Singtel
  • Spark (New Zealand)
  • Speedcast
  • STTelemedia Global Data Centres
  • SUNeVision
  • Telin
  • Telstra International
  • TM Technology Services Sdn. Bhd.
  • Yotta Data Services
  • Zenlayer

“The PTC’24 Awards are not just about recognition, they are about celebrating the spirit of progress and transformation that drives our industry into a new generation. By recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions across the industry, we are celebrating the pioneers, the visionaries and the game-changers who are making an impact in the world we live in,” said Brian Moon, CEO, PTC.

The winners in each category will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during PTC’24 on Wednesday, 24 January 2024 at 9:00 am in Honolulu. Visit our website to view a list of categories and learn more about this event.

About Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC)

Founded in 1978, PTC is a non-profit membership organization committed to advancing digital infrastructure, telecommunications, and ICT on a global scale, with a focus on the Pacific Rim. PTC serves as a central hub within the digital infrastructure community, nurturing innovation, fostering business growth, and promoting collaboration among stakeholders through a diverse range of events and initiatives. Foremost among these is the PTC Annual Conference, a prestigious gathering held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in January, where C-level executives, technologists, thought leaders, investors, researchers, and academicians convene to share knowledge, cultivate valuable relationships, and catalyze new business. Visit us at

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Carolyn Pohl
Interim Marketing and Communications Director
Pacific Telecommunications Council
Phone: +1.808.941.3789

TA Realty Signs 430-Megawatt Lease at Data Center Campus in Loudoun County, VA

TA RealtyBOSTON, November 16, 2023 – TA Realty LLC, a provider of real estate investment management services, announced today that it has signed a 430 MW build-to-suit lease agreement for its entire data center campus in Loudoun County, VA, with a premier global cloud services provider. The agreement includes leases across five buildings, making up the entire 1.9 million-square-foot project.

TA Realty’s development site, which is situated on the east side of Sycolin Road and is bound by Cochran Mill Road to the north and Energy Park Drive to the south in Leesburg, VA, is strategically positioned atop major fiber routes and alongside transmission lines. In addition to access to diverse fiber connections, the location is ideal for data center development due to an adjacent power plant, logistics facility, and an existing substation that provides power to another data center facility.  Loudoun County is home to the largest concentration of data centers in the world and, once complete, TA Realty’s campus will be among the largest and most modern campuses in the area.

Speaking about the proposed development, Buddy Rizer, Executive Director of Loudoun Economic Development, stated that “Loudoun County is excited to welcome TA Realty and to support the development of one of the largest new data center campuses approved and planned for our county.  In addition to bringing more data center capacity to the region, TA Realty’s commitment to the community is illustrated through the company’s investment in bringing a new water pump station to the site, improving the quality and distribution of water to our entire community.”

“This project exhibits TA Realty’s ability to source outstanding opportunities in the data center industry, particularly in Tier 1, mature markets,” said Allison O’Rourke, Partner at TA Realty. “Our dedication to creating value through partnering with local authorities, utilities and network partners led to this opportunity. We look forward to supporting this strategic customer and working alongside them to complete this world-class project.”

TA Realty expects to commence construction of the site’s first building later this year. The tenant selected TA Realty’s data center campus due to its scale, power advantages and location near the heart of Data Center Alley. Construction on the secure campus is expected to be completed in 2027.

The announcement marks the formation of a new group at TA Realty dedicated to digital infrastructure, which will be formally announced in early 2024. For more information about TA Realty, visit

About TA Realty

Founded in 1982, TA Realty is an experienced and established real estate investment management firm. The Firm is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with additional offices in Newport Beach, California, Dallas, Texas and San Francisco, California. Since its inception, through June 30, 2023, TA Realty has acquired, invested and/or managed approximately $40 billion of real estate assets through core, core plus and value-add strategies and customized separate/advisory accounts. TA Realty’s investment philosophy focuses on creating diversified real estate portfolios that aim to generate strong cash flow, receive intensive asset management, and seek to achieve long-term value creation. For four decades, TA Realty has maintained this philosophy through multiple real estate and economic cycles, a strength recognized by pension funds, endowments, foundations, and high-net-worth individuals. For more information, please visit


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Evocative Unveils Enterprise Bare Metal Solution: Evocative Metal

Evocative Metal provides exceptional performance, greater control, and fast deployment

Los Angeles, CA, November 15, 2023 – Evocative, a global provider of Internet infrastructure, today announces the availability of Evocative Metal, an enterprise bare metal service. The service helps enterprise customers evolve their workload strategies with a scalable and cost-effective solution that rivals the performance, control, and flexibility of traditional public cloud options.

With 25 years of expertise, Evocative leverages its experience in cloud adjacent infrastructure to enable a scalable solution that helps enterprise customers manage their IT workloads. Evocative Metal is a high-performance, customizable bare metal server solution that provides ultimate control and flexible deployment options for resource-intensive applications, promising streamlined management and ongoing cost-management. Evocative Metal is supported by Evocative’s global data center network spanning 20 colocation facilities and 60 Points of Presence, including major metropolitan areas such as Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Tokyo, and more.

“Bare metal servers provide a solution to challenges many organizations are facing with the public cloud,” said Derek Garnier, CEO at Evocative. “We developed Evocative Metal because we believe that bare metal and hybrid IT are the future of the industry. It is critical that as our industry continues to innovate, enterprises can scale their CPU and GPU intensive workloads to incorporate new technologies such as AI and Machine Learning, which could face limitations with traditional cloud solutions. This is an exciting moment for us and our customers as we bring Evocative Metal to market.”

Evocative Metal provides essential compute power to support data-intensive workloads for AdTech, FinTech, gaming, research labs, AI/Machine Learning, and more. Evocative developed its latest solution in response to an increasing market demand for hybrid IT environments that incorporate a purpose-built combination of public cloud and on-premises deployments to effectively manage growing workloads.

Evocative Metal was designed with next-generation performance in mind. Customers can utilize Evocative’s new bare metal solution to manage resource-intensive workloads with the following benefits:

  • High Performance: Experience increased performance and lower latency with greater processing power.
  • Complete Control: Gain direct access to compute resources and hardware-level performance for ultimate control and security.
  • Increased Security: Isolate sensitive workloads with 100% single-tenancy and access hardware-level security protocols.
  • Fast and Flexible Deployment: Customizable options and the ability to bring your own software and design your own environment.

To learn more about how Evocative Metal can support your business, visit:

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About Evocative

Evocative is a global leader in Internet infrastructure, providing enterprise-class data center, network, and bare metal solutions that enable exceptional digital experiences. Evocative’s global footprint includes interconnected data centers and Points of Presence across strategically located metros in North America, Europe, and Asia regions. Through organic growth and strategic acquisition, the company continues to expand its presence to power enterprise workloads at the edge. Evocative is dedicated to helping drive digital businesses forward, now and in the decades to come.

To learn more about Evocative’s digital infrastructure solutions, visit:

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DC BLOX Acquires 55 Acres and Commences Construction of a 180MW Data Center Campus in Douglasville, Georgia

The new Atlanta area campus will be directly connected to DC BLOX’s dark fiber network and its new cable landing station in Myrtle Beach, SC.

DC BLOXAtlanta, GA — October 31, 2023— DC BLOX, a leading provider of connected data centers and dark fiber solutions across the Southeast, announces the recent purchase and commencement of construction of a cutting-edge data center campus in Douglasville, Georgia. With this strategic move, DC BLOX is set to expand their data center portfolio in close proximity to Atlanta, expanding the region’s explosive growth as a core data center market and addressing the growing needs of hyperscale and AI/ML platform and application provider tenants in the heart of the region’s data center alley.

M9535_DC BLOX RENDER PROGRESS_20231025With an expected capital investment of over $1.2 billion, the site is supported by robust tax incentives coordinated by Elevate Douglas Economic Partnership. The recent property acquisition and initiation of construction demonstrates DC BLOX’s commitment to invest its resources to stay ahead of emerging market needs. The site will also be connected to DC BLOX’s nearly 500-mile dark fiber route, the first, high-capacity East-to-West fiber path connecting to the major communications hubs in Atlanta, through Augusta and on to the DC BLOX Cable Landing Station in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The dark fiber route is expected to be completed in Q4 2023.

We are excited to welcome DC BLOX to our community,” said Mayor Rochelle Robinson. “Their investment in Douglasville reflects the city’s commitment to fostering technological innovation and supporting local businesses. This data center will stimulate economic growth and enhance the digital infrastructure of our region.”

Designed to meet demanding hyperscale requirements, the two-story data center campus will feature twelve data halls, totaling 750,000 square feet of gross space on 55 acres. 180 MW of power has been committed for the campus with initial customer move-in expected Q3 2025.

“We are thrilled to bring our vision to life to serve hyperscale needs for powerful, reliable digital infrastructure in Douglasville, Georgia,” says Mark Masi, EVP of Data Center Development at DC BLOX. “We are partnering with the best in the industry to ensure our state-of-the-art data centers meet the most stringent hyperscale needs by leveraging the most advanced construction, sustainability and power capabilities available in the industry. Moreover, we pride ourselves on providing tailored and flexible design configurations, ensuring that our tenants can customize their space to meet the most advanced AI/ML applications as well as any specific requirements they may have.”

DC BLOX has partnered with a proven design-builder Evans General Contractors, a Georgia based Top 100 Contractor with expertise in complex technical markets. At the helm of the design-build team is Corey Lemming, VP of Advanced Technology for Evans who brings more than 17 years of mission critical experience and has delivered some of the nation’s largest advanced technology projects for some of the world’s largest technology firms.

He is joined by seasoned design partners DLB Associates, Corgan, Thomas & Hutton, and Bennett & Pless, who have an established history of delivering successful design-build projects with Evans and DC BLOX.

“The Atlanta build program is a gamechanger for both DC BLOX and Evans,” says Lemming. “Over the past two years, we’ve been able to build a world class group of team members that operate with the highest level of performance and collaboration. We have absolute confidence in our team to not only deliver these exciting projects for DC BLOX but also aid in accomplishing their mission to recreate the digital infrastructure in the Southeast.”

With rapid population and business growth in the Southeastern US, the demand for digital infrastructure is accelerating. The region’s availability of land as well as abundant and affordable power is making it an attractive location for hyperscale and other large technology companies to grow their data center footprints. This announcement highlights DC BLOX’s commitment to delivering world-class data center and connectivity solutions that cater to the continually growing needs of the digital age.

To learn more about DC BLOX and its expansions, please visit


DC BLOX owns and operates interconnected multi-tenant data centers that deliver the infrastructure and connectivity essential to power today’s digital business. DC BLOX’s colocation facilities, robust connectivity ecosystem, dark fiber solutions, and hyperscale-ready data centers provide the digital infrastructure necessary to enable the rapid growth of the Southeast’s digital economy. DC BLOX’s data centers are located in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Huntsville, AL; Chattanooga, TN; Greenville, SC, Myrtle Beach, SC, with several others in development. For more information, please visit, call +1. 877.590.1684, and connect with DC BLOX on X, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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Boldyn Networks Wins in Multiple Categories at the TMT M&A Awards USA 2023

The company was selected as finalists for three categories – Digital Infrastructure Growth Story, Wireless Deal of the Year, and Fiber Deal of the Year

boldyn logoOctober 2, 2023 – New York City – Boldyn Networks (Boldyn) won big at the TMT M&A Awards USA 2023, taking home two awards, including the Wireless Deal of the Year for its acquisition of ZenFi Networks, and the Digital Infrastructure Growth Story award for its remarkable growth in 2023. Over 300 leading advisors, investors, and deal makers attended the award dinner representing the digital infrastructure, telecoms, cloud, and software sectors.

TMT M&A AwardsThe awards are the culmination of a year-long strategy to expand, acquire, merge, and re-launch multiple company brands across their global portfolio. The Wireless Deal of the Year recognizes the successful purchase and integration of New York City-based ZenFi Networks. Many judges note that the acquisition of the ZenFi infrastructure and network is the perfect complement to the existing and expanding footprint currently integrated throughout the New York City Subway system by the firm. Boldyn Networks now has a ubiquitous network available for New Yorkers across all five boroughs.

BoldynBoldyn Networks also received accolades for the best Digital Infrastructure Growth Story and awarded the company for the remarkable growth trajectory they have experienced in 2023. It was noted that the scale and pace of growth are derived from both organic expansion and the strategic consolidation of four leading US companies in the neutral host space. With the largest breadth of services, Boldyn Networks’ US business has become the dominant partner of choice and most forward-looking neutral host provider in North America.

The company is also behind massive connectivity projects in some of the world’s biggest cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Rome, and Hong Kong. For Boldyn Networks, recent growth and expansion are the result of its commitment to provide customers across the Northern Hemisphere with an end-to-end neutral host network solution.

“It was an honor to be shortlisted for not just one or two, but three awards. And to win Wireless Deal of the Year and best Digital Infrastructure Growth Story is just a great outcome. This reaffirms that we are taking the right steps in our growth strategy. As one Boldyn team, we have ambitious goals for our neutral host business globally with a laser focus on what we can do in the US. And we are thankful to the TMT M&A Awards USA for recognizing our efforts,” said Igor Leprince, Group Chief Executive Officer at Boldyn Networks. “We’re very proud of our extraordinary expansion around the globe and milestone projects in very challenging environments in the past year.”

The awards ceremony took place on September 28th at the Metropolitan Club, New York, and was attended by members of Boldyn Networks’ leadership team including Igor Leprince, Group Chief Executive Officer, and Jeff Garte, President, Northeast, US.

About Boldyn Networks

Boldyn Networks is one of the world’s largest neutral host providers, delivering the advanced shared network infrastructure needed for a smart, inclusive, and sustainable future. It brings together the combined scale and expertise of six companies with a single purpose: to unlock the power of an interconnected future. From interconnected transit, venues and enterprises to smart cities and next-generation networks, Boldyn Networks enables new possibilities in the way people live, work and play. Our portfolio is harnessing fibre, advancing 4G/LTE, accelerating 5G, preparing for 6G–and looking beyond to the next breakthroughs, and global operations span the US, the UK, Ireland, Italy, and Hong Kong.

Boldyn Networks. Reimagine tomorrow. Transform today.

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Boldyn Networks’ existing deployments worldwide include connectivity for 6 major transit systems like TfL and the MTA, with nearly a thousand stations covered around the world, serving 550 million passengers annually; more than 300 neutral host public venues like L.A.’s Arena; 126,000 small cell sites; 77 co-location facilities; nearly 3,000 miles of fiber and 300 macro towers. This is in addition to some of the largest Wi-Fi networks above and below ground in cities like NYC, Las Vegas, and London, including over 2,000 Link kiosks in NYC; and connectivity deployments in 75 US military bases.

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fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty’s CEO & Managing ​Partner to Speak at DICE Midwest 2023

1547NEW JERSEY – August 21, 2023 – fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty, a leading developer and operator of custom-designed data centers in North America, announces today that its CEO & Managing Partner, J. Todd Raymond, will be participating on a panel at DICE Midwest 2023, Wednesday September 20, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.

J. Todd RaymondTodd will participate in a session titled “State Of The Market: The Evolving Data Center Landscape in Chicago And The Greater Midwest,” taking place from 8:30am – 9:10am EST. Given current market dynamics, the panel will discuss the evolving nature of this primary market and pinpoint both the opportunities for growth and the potential challenges that lie ahead. With over 20 years of industry experience successfully building enterprise value, Todd will share his insights and knowledge in these high demand, developing markets.

WHAT: Panel Discussion: State Of The Market: The Evolving Data Center Landscape in Chicago And The Greater Midwest

WHERE: DICE Midwest | Galleria Marchetti, 825 W Erie Street Chicago, IL 60642

WHEN: Wednesday September 20, 2023 | 8:30am – 9:10am EST

WHO: Panel members include:

About fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty, LLC

fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty (“1547”) is a leading developer, operator, and owner of highly-interconnected, custom-designed data centers with over 1.25 million square feet of data center space under management throughout North America and Europe. 1547 selects sites, designs facilities, and manages developments to optimize returns for all stakeholders across new and interconnected properties. With interconnection in the company’s DNA, 1547’s connectivity-focused portfolio of data centers includes carrier hotels and core connectivity hubs designed to deliver customized mission-critical solutions from concept to connection. To learn more about fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty, please visit:

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Opti9 Observr Verified By CyPROS to help Prevent Ransomware Attacks

CyPROS recommends Observr as part of a holistic security stack for enterprise organizations to protect their backup infrastructure

Opti9 logoGarden City, New York – July 26, 2023 – Opti9, a leading hybrid cloud solutions provider, announces the results of its cybersecurity validation assessment, conducted by CyPROS, a leading provider of penetration testing, and threat protection services. Opti9 engaged CyPROS to substantiate the effectiveness of their Observr product, a SaaS tool which detects the presence of attackers within organizations’ backup environments, helping to prevent an attack before it starts. CyPROS findings confirm the effectiveness of Observr, provided suggestions for how it can be effectively implemented by organizations to help detect & prevent attacks, and recommended feature enhancements for future versions.

According to the 2023 Global Report on Ransomware Trends, 93% of ransomware attacks specifically target backup data and infrastructure to destroy any possible recovery capabilities before initiating the attack, increasing the likelihood of securing a ransom payment. Observr by Opti9 is an anomaly detection service that seamlessly integrates with Veeam, the #1 Data Replication and Protection Software Worldwide, and was built to address this and other threats. Observr utilizes machine learning to baseline, monitor, and identify suspicious activity within the backup infrastructure. In doing so, Observr can detect the presence of an attacker within the backup infrastructure attempting to modify and destroy recovery options, helping organizations stop an attack before it starts.

The results of the validation assessment conducted by CyPROS are published in a reported titled, “Thwart Cyberthreats: Evaluation Report of the Opti9 Observr.” The report summarizes its findings and recommendations from multiple scenarios conducted  in January and February 2023. During that period, CyPROS’ team of elite white hat hackers mimicked attack workflows and techniques known to be employed by bad actors. The test scenario included common deployments of Veeam Backup & Replication™ software typical of enterprise environments. Among other things, CyPROS confirmed that in-line change-rate based detection, such as those being added to some backup products, is ineffective at identifying a ransomware in progress. Furthermore, it is a reactive alarm, only notifying an organization after their systems have started to be infected. Instead, focusing on the backup control-plane is a far more effective means to detect activities that typically precede the attack.

“Backup environments themselves are a new attack surface under the microscope of nefarious actors. Organizations have a false sense of security related to their ability to recover from Ransomware and other attacks,” said Sagi Brody, CTO of Opti9. “By focusing on this exposure point, and providing threat detection capabilities that can be ingested by common SIEM & MDR platforms, Observr bridges the gap between BCDR and security teams, yielding higher levels of resilience.”

CyPROS’ report identifies Opti9’s Observr as the only product on the market that they know of, that specifically focuses on the backup environment itself, an emerging attack vector. CyPROS confirmed functionality of Observr’s threat detection capabilities, including suspicious deletion events, job modification, retention modifications, job deletion, and many others. Additionally, CyPROS provided Opti9 with a list of additional activities to monitor as part of its threat detection engine to provide additional granularity. These enhancements and others are slated to be released as part of Observr v1.1, later this year.

To learn more about the Opti9 Observr platform, click here.  To download the CyPROS report, recommending the Observr solution for global enterprise businesses, here.

About Opti9:

Opti9 is a hybrid cloud solutions provider with offices in Garden City, NY, Omaha, NE, Overland Park, KS, and St. Louis, MO, and data centers in North America, Europe and the APAC region. The company is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner and Platinum Veeam® Cloud & Service Provider (VCSP) partner, along with several other key partnerships and certifications. Opti9 specializes in managed cloud services, application development and modernization, backup and disaster recovery, security, and compliance. With its business-first focus, Opti9 blends experience with innovation and new solutions to deliver on its “Right Workload, Right Cloud, Right Time” approach. To learn more about our services, and visit our website:

About CyPROS:
CyPROS is a cyber security services and consulting provider located in Holon, Israel.

Founded on our team’s vast experience in the Cyber domain, worldwide projects and services – we provide executive leadership and security engineering expertise to organizations of all sizes utilizing the team’s professional broad perspective.

Our team of security experts deliver security, risk, and compliance programs from startups to Fortune 100 companies. CyPROS’ services include consulting, penetration testing, incident response, virtual CISO (VCISO \ CISOaaS), managed threat detection and response, compliance assessment services and specially tailored cyber services according to the specific client’s needs.

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