EXA Infrastructure, the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America has partnered with Colt on a new digital ecosystem in the Channel Tunnel linking the growing data center markets in London and Paris.

The collaboration between the two industry titans offers its customers the most reliable and flexible fiber optic route utilizing the shortest crossing on the market. EXA will upgrade 66 kilometers of undersea network with 288 fibers of the latest technology G.652D optical cable which will benefit new and existing customers.

In addition to the highly secure infrastructure being located in a tunnel 40 meters below the sea bed, the Channel Tunnel also offers routing flexibility for customers to reach Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt from London. This route guarantees resilience and diversity from the traditional routes on the market as well as an increase in capacity and availability across the entire FLAP region.

EXA Infrastructure, VP Network Investments, Steve Roberts said: “This is an important industry collaboration to meet the growing digital demand we are seeing across Europe and beyond. The Channel Tunnel forms a key part of EXA’s strategy to provide our clients with a choice three scalable and fully diverse dark routes between the UK and Europe.”

The strategic connection between London and Paris will power the future of connectivity across the English Channel. EXA and Colt are in the process of upgrading their cables either side of the tunnel to offer customers a modern G.652D cable route from London to Paris.

Andrew Edison, Executive Vice President (EVP) Sales, Marketing and Customer Success at Colt said: “We’re very proud to have a strong partnership with EXA Infrastructure and are leading the industry innovation in collaboration on connectivity. We are committed to building powerful connections for our people, customers and partners across the entire digital infrastructure ecosystem.”

The news comes after EXA announced last year it was commissioning a new fiber optic network link between London and Paris, the most direct route as well as the first under the English Channel for more than 20 years.

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