Google to spend $200 million on APAC data centers; Sprint issues major wireless backhaul RFP

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> Google allocates over $200 million to build its first set of data centers in the Asia Pacific market. Article

> Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corp., has formed a new company called CTI Towers that will lease tower space to wireless operators and other tenants in the U.S. Release

> Having just replaced their former CEO Leo Apotheker with Meg Whitman, HP has appointed Goldman Sachs to protect itself against activist investors who are calling for change at the troubled company. Article

> CDNetworks, a multinational CDN provider, has named Chris Wong as its new VP of Sales, Americas and EMEA. Release

> Cox appoints former Microsoft executive Rob Smallwood as its new VP of enterprise development. Article

> ASSIA's DSL Expresse DSL Optimization Solution has received the Broadband InfoVision 2011 award for Broadband Access Network Technologies and Services - Fixed, during this week's Broadband World Forum in Paris. Release

> Westell has introduced the eSmartJack, an Ethernet Network Interface Device (E-NID) to help wireless operators transition their wireless backhaul circuits from T1 circuits to Ethernet. Release   

And finally ... Sprint has issued a new RFP for fiber-based wireless backhaul, creating big opportunities potentially for not only AT&T Wholesale, but also three cable operators, including Time Warner Cable and Comcast. Article