Int’l Bytes: Aqua Comms, Hurricane Electric, Telia, Colt, Interoute, Equinix

May 17th, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

I’m on the road this week and most of next week.  Here’s a whole bunch of catch-up from the international front:

Aqua Comms has a new tenant on AEConnect. RETN has bought capacity on the system to augment its international backbone, adding diversity across the Atlantic. AEConnect came online last year, spanning the Atlantic between the New York metro area and the west coast of Ireland, with connectivity on to Dublin and London. RETN’s depth has been in eastern Europe and Russia, but the company has been adding to its presence in western Europe and North America lately.

Hurricane Electric has invested in an expansion into eastern Africa and the Middle East. The global backbone operator is building its network into Equinix Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, the Djibouti Data Center in Djibouti, and the East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. They will also be connecting to the UAE-IX, the Djibouti IX, and the Kenya Internet Exchange for good measure.

Telia followed up its Swiss expansion news with some additional build-outs a bit further south. Telia has announced an expanded presence in the Italian city of Milan, adding two new PoPs. Milan is a convenient point of interconnection for traffic coming in from the Middle East and North Africa. Telia’s buildout will add the Data4 and SuperNAP facilities to its footprint.

Interoute is also improving its network in southern Europe. The pan-European network has added another PoP in Marseille within InterXion’s MRS2 facility. They are looking for additional interconnectivity with the various global networks bringing in bits from the Middle East and beyond over the new submarine cables landing in the region.

Colt is adding some Nordic bandwidth to its diet. The expansion of its network will bring Helsinki, Finland online with 10Tbps of capacity to Stockholm and a 100Gbps connection back to Germany through Warsaw and Berlin. Colt has been expanding its reach lately, although I hadn’t realized they weren’t already in Finland.

And Equinix is also sweetening its infrastructure in northern Europe. They are working with Eastern Light to support the latter’s new submarine cable between Sweden and Finalnd. The system will be terminating in Equinix’s HE6 facility in Helsinki and SK2 in Stockholm. This particular portion of Eastern Light’s buildout will come online this fall if all things go as planned.

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