NTT America and its sister subsidiary NTT do Brasil finally took the plunge and built out their IP network into South America, according to a press release today. The new PoP is in Sao Paolo, the country's main data hub - and the continent's as well I suppose. The expansion will expand NTT's ability to serve customers there, offering more choice in international connectivity and especially to Asia.
NTT's ArcStar subsidiary has long had a presence on the continent, but their Tier 1 IP backbone had not yet made it, depite its likely new status according to rankings such as Renesys at #2 in size behind Level 3 once the LVLT/GLBC deal closes. Of course, Level 3 doesn't yet have a PoP down in Brazil either yet until then, but it's been one of Global Crossing's strongest markets for some time.
Sao Paolo has been getting more than its fair share of attention this year, as carriers and colocation providers worldwide seek elbow room in the region. Equinix bought its way in via the ALOG deal , Verizon Business is expanding its footprint there via Terremark, and Orange Business has been sighted down there over the summer as well. And of course, this is GlobeNet's home turf so they have been pushing low latency connectivity to the US - wouldn't surprise me if NTT was working with them on this one.