Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) has many pots on the stove these days, with three interesting expansive notes in three different geographies.
NTT Europe has added another key node to its IP backbone. Their new Amsterdam PoP is at the envirornmentally conscious data center operated by EvoSwitch. It joins five other new NTT PoPs on the continent as the company expands its regional presence. They also expanded into Eastern Europe just last month with PoPs in Bucharest, Budapest, and Sofia, and are eyeing further moves eastward as well.
In Asia, NTT has signed on to help build the Asia Pacific Gateway Network, joining numerous other carriers. When complete in 2014, the undersea build will hook up a long list of East Asian countries with a total design capacity of 54.8Tbps. It will start out with 40Gbps technology, with 100Gbps in the wings. NTT's participation in this project is of course a no-brainer, as this is its home turf and they are bound to have a finger in every pot.
And on their transpacific network, NTT said yesterday that it has expanded the transmission capacity of the transpacific portion of its IP network to 600Gbps, just four months since the expansion to 500Gbps. The company has been aggressively utilizing the Pacific Crossing PC-1 cable it purchased a few years back to power its transpacific needs and ensure their position as the largest provider on this key route. I expect soon we will see Renesys's annual baker's dozen analysis of top backbones, and it will feature NTT's organic growth alongside the effects of the LVLT/GLBC and CTL/SVVS/Q mergers.
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