Consolidation may be in the air in much of European telecommunications and infrastructure, but new networks are getting built too. Today one launched in northeastern Europe, connecting Frankfurt with Tallinn and hooking up Berlin, Warsaw, Vilnius, and Riga along the way.
Data Logistics Center, which originated from the IT department of Lithuania Energy, has spent the last few years putting together the new route with the help of Latvenergo and Televõrk, its partners in the Baltic Optical Network. As you might expect from those involved, it uses fiber along energy utility infrastructure.
In all the new path stretches 3,000km and features latency of 30ms end to end. Given the announced price tag of merely ‘more than €1.5m’, much of the infrastructure must already have been in place of course. But the network itself is a unified whole from an equipment and operation perspective, not pieced together from existing lit infrastructure.
A new path to Frankfurt will give the region more options for connectivity to Western Europe. The Baltics have always done more for the ongoing development of the global internet relative to their available fiber connectivity than most.
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