Cogent Communications is expanding its European footprint again, this time into Ireland. Hibernia Networks will be supplying the necessary dark fiber.
The expansion will connect up in Dublin and extend via land across to Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. They’ll be using the fiber Hibernia put in the ground with Project Kelvin almost five years ago. At that time, Hibernia built a new landing at Portrush off of the northern route of its transatlantic cable into Northern Ireland, then built a new loop down to Dublin from there. Hibernia has added plenty of nodes to its network since then, but in Northern Ireland it was mostly from scratch.
Cogent’s European dark-fiber-based expansion has slowed somewhat in terms of breadth after reaching deep into Eastern Europe all the way to Ukraine and hitting just about every key city along the way. Belfast had not yet made that list until today. Irish and Northern Irish bandwidth markets have been getting more infrastructure attention of late, and could be getting a new submarine cable landing on the west coast of the island too before long.
Cogent has maintained relative silence on the PR front in recent years, preferring to focus on generating steady growth and actual profits.