Following up on my Cogent-North America post, let's now look at Cogent's European assets. Once again one is able to derive the total buildings, Cogent-owned datacenters, and neutral datacenters for each city they serve. With no further ado, here are their top 20 markets by number of lit buildings:
Cogent serves 72 markets in Europe, compared with just 45 in North America. However, they have just 183 lit buildings in Europe, as opposed to 1142 in North America. Of those, only 13 are not datacenters - they are probably enterprises (but could be other building types I suppose), and only Paris and Reims have more than one. Cogent's top markets are the obvious ones where all the carrier hotels, and it is clear that their European business is almost entirely oriented to their web-centric customers. Their European network is wide, but not yet deep anywhere.
Here's a tidbit though which comes out in the complete data. There are some 17 Cogent-owned datacenters in Europe. Big deal, right? Well 16 of them are in France, the sole non-French datacenter being in Frankfurt. I realize this is likely an artifact of the acquisition spree that brought them their European network, the facilities surely originated with Lambdanet France. But I had never noticed it before going through this little exercise, and a quick check of Cogent's recent 10-K shows that they don't talk about it much. Not that they have to, but one would think they might mention it.Datacenter · Internet Backbones · Metro fiber