Int’l Bytes: DE-CIX, Arelion, Ciena, Nokia, Gcore

November 7th, 2023 by · Leave a Comment

Two from Mexico and three from Europe:

DE-CIX has launched two new distributed internet exchanges south of the border: DE-CIX Mexico City and DE-CIX Queretaro. Both exchanges will have their initial node in KIO’s data centers, specifically QR01 in Querataro and MEX2, MEX4, and MEX5 in Mexico City. Other data centers will be added to the exchange fabric over time as is DE-CIX’s usual pattern. The infrastructure will also connect up to DE-CIX Dallas, which is already used by many Mexican providers for interconnection.

Arelion has continued its expansion in Mexico as well. They have added a new PoP at HostDime’s GDL location in Guadalajara, which not coincidentally hosts GDL-IXP. It’s the ninth PoP for Arelion in Mexico, and should be operational later this quarter. Meanwhile Arelion is also dusting off additional cloud access via Oracle’s OCI FastConnect in Monterrey, something they recently did in Queretaro.

Belgium’s Telenet has tapped Ciena for a network upgrade. Part of the Liberty Global empire, Telenet will be using Ciena’s 6500 RLS, WaveLogic 5 Nano, Waveserver 5, and MCP domain controler to build out its next generation fiber backbone. Telenet’s infrastructure serves residential cable customers in Flanders and Brussels as well as its BASE mobile network and business customers in both Belgium and Luxembourg.

Portugal’s LigaT will be using Nokia’s technology to upgrade its core network. The regional ISP is leveraging Nokia’s 7750 SR and 7250 IXR platforms to deploy a 400GE-capable network. That will allow them to scale up when needed while improving automation. Nokia’s partner Network Hero facilitated the deal.

And Gcore has added a new PoP in Dublin, Ireland. The Luxembourg-based service provider is looking to better deliver content to customers in Ireland and the UK, cutting response times to target customers from 45ms to 26ms. Gcore’s footprint touches 150+ PoPs globally.

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