Interoute (news) is stepping further outside its usual haunts and adding overseas points of presence to its network. Today the pan-European fiber operator stretched far to the east and announced the addition of a new PoP in Hong Kong, giving it an Asian foothold.
Interoute already has PoPs in New York and Washington DC, and the release mentions a presence in South Africa that I wasn't aware of but which probably derives from their relationship with SEACOM. But their growing ICT business means they are courting customers with global communications needs that stretch beyond the company's European fiber footprint.
Hong Kong is an obvious hub in that regard, located between Singapore and Japan and acting as a gateway to China. I doubt this is an isolated expansion though. If it makes sense to add a PoP in Hong Kong now, then Sydney, Sao Paolo, and Dubai could easily be in the wings.
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