Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced today that it has added depth to its metro presence in Dublin, Ireland. After being largely bypassed by bandwidth for many years, the connectivity business in Dublin has been surging mightily over the past several years as the business environment has been highly favorable to hi-tech companies for a while now. Dublin is not a place where Level 3 has traditionally had a metro presence until quite recently.
Specifically, Level 3 was already in the Telecity data centre location on Kingswood Road, but has now brought on-net four additional major facilities:
- eircom, Clonshaugh, Co. Dublin
- Interxion DUB1 data centre, Park West Business Park
- Interxion DUB2 data centre, Park West Business Park
- Data Electronics Services, Kilcarbery Business Park
They expect to add additional data centres in the second half of the year as well.
This expansion is part of an overall effort by Level 3 to expand its reach in European markets, another example of which was its expanded connectivity to Manchester. Perhaps they will also be entering the metro markets of some cities to which they leased dark fiber to over the past few years, e.g. Madrid, Geneva, Prague, Stockholm?
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