For the second time in a few weeks, Kaia Global Networks has cropped up in the infrastructure news over in Europe. Their relationship with euNetworks has been expanded with multi-year agreements for capacity on their European backbone.
Kaia had been taking advantage of the low latency fiber routes euNetworks had built out for the financial community to power its IP backbone since 2013. Now they seem to be expanding that initial network infrastructure on multiple fronts, utilizing the region's more established infrastructure partners. Last month they moved into EvoSwitch's facility over in Amsterdam.
It's not easy to make a go of it as an independent in the transit and layer 2 Ethernet world, let alone from a standing start and in Europe. The former Tinet assets, for example, have changed hands several times over the years and are now in the hands of GTT, and last year Atrato sold out to Hibernia. One wonders if Kaia might play a role in some of the M&A talks going on over there. On the other hand, various global operators from Hurricane Electric to Cogent to NTT have been steadily adding European PoPs for some time now, so the situation must be pretty dynamic in Europe on the organic front.
For euNetworks, of course, the more backbones out there looking for transport there are, the better. While infrastructure itself has found growth despite the weak economy of recent years and the difficulties of the larger incumbents, I suspect alternative infrastructure providers across the continent dream of the chance to show their stuff in a return of boom times.
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