Western European metro operator euNetworks (news) has added a new low latency arrow to its quiver, expanding its potential in the financial vertical. But this time it’s not within or between the familiar London and Frankfurt haunts nor even involving other nearby hubs mentioned of late in Paris and Amsterdam. This time, it’s a lightning-quick London-to-Stockholm route, bringing Scandinavia into the low latency picture.
In terms of speed, the new London-Stockholm route offers exchange-to-exchange latency of 22.4ms round trip. According to euNetworks, that shaves 12% off of the previous low speed, which apparently was about 25.5ms. Now, euNetworks doesn’t actually have its own native fiber assets all the way to Stockholm, their footprint takes them from London to Hamburg or thereabouts. Clearly they have pieced together a dark fiber route from other providers through Denmark or across the Baltic – I’m not too familiar with those fiber paths myself. Obviously, they are leveraging their metro assets on the London endpoint, but I’m curious who is handling the metro on the Swedish side of things.
Where to next for the European low latency markets? Madrid, Geneva, and Milan perhaps? I’ll be interested to see if other carriers (Colt, Level 3, etc) that have been pursuing the low latency dollars in Europe step up and match euNetworks on this route, or if they instead pick different targets where they have more physical advantages.
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