euNetworks Expands Northward Into Scandinavia

April 26th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

In its second fiber expansion so far this year, euNetworks is expanding its DWDM network up into Sweden.  They are now offering 10G and 100G wavelengths up into Stockholm via two diverse routes.  

EuropemapBoth leave from northern Germany, but while the eastern path takes the usual route through Hamburg and Copenhagen, the western one bypasses both cities and connects through Oslo.  Thus the company looks to help network operators in need of an alternative route that avoids the usual choke points in each of those markets.   They have also added a new network path between Hamburg and Amsterdam that avoids Dusseldorf.  euNetworks had been serving Stockholm itself before, of course, but via leased wavelengths.

In February, euNetworks expanded similarly to the south, adding diverse routes down to Marseille in southern France.  Viewed together, we can see that the company is building a truly pan-European footprint to better utilize its metro depth in its major markets in the British Isles, the Netherlands, France and Germany.  They acquired assets in Switzerland of course, but these further expansions seem to be more of the dark fiber IRU variety.  The routes are carefully chosen though so as to make their intercity network as diverse as possible.  Neither buildout is on their network map yet, I'll have to watch out for an update to that.

Might there be further extensions on the way?  More of France and down into Spain perhaps, or further to the east into Poland and the Baltic nations?  I don't see an immediate driver, as euNetworks while Stockholm gave them a bigger presence in a market where they had a foothold and Marseille a connection to the submarine cable nexus there, cracking other markets seems a bit further afield of their immediate capex budget.  Unless of course an M&A opportunity comes along of course.

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