The European network operator Interoute has picked up an interesting infrastructure deal. They will be delivering over 1000 route kilometers of dark fiber to an unnamed ‘global internet technology company’. The big internet companies’ appetite for fiber is, if anything, growing to new levels.
The fiber in question is in south west Europe, although there aren’t too many details beyond that. But we can make a few guesses given the spots that webscale companies are likely to be looking at: Marseilles, where many cables to the Middle East and beyond come ashore; Madrid, which is fast becoming an interconnection nexus; Bilbao where the new MAREA cable comes ashore; and maybe Barcelona too, because who doesn’t want to go to Barcelona. ‘Over 1000km’ of fiber should be just about enough to cover something like that
Interoute, of course, recently agreed to be acquired by GTT. An interesting aspect to that deal will be how the company’s approach to dark fiber and the webscale companies changes, if at all, in those new hands.
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