With its cool climate, geographical location, and abundant, affordable sources of energy, Québec is an ideal location for data centers. Greater Montréal, in particular, has quickly become a key hub for data centers and cloud services in North America, with the demand for cloud services causing the number of data centers in the province to rise from 50 to 39.
Wholesale and Capacity
Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, the international wholesale division of Deutsche Telekom, and China Mobile International Limited (CMI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, have signed a preferred partner agreement to deliver enhanced access and transport services for their global customers with connectivity needs across both Europe and Asia. The partnership entails the launch of an additional POP (Point of Presence) at CMI’s data center in Moerfelden, near Frankfurt in Germany, on November 1, 2021.
Infinera and Telstra are deploying Infinera’s coherent 800G solution across Telstra’s international network. The deployment follows a significant industry milestone that Telstra achieved with Infinera, leveraging Infinera’s ICE6 800G coherent technology on its GX Series Compact Modular Platform over a dispersion-managed subsea cable between Hong Kong and Singapore, a segment that spans 2,940 kilometers. With Infinera’s ICE6 solution, Telstra can realize a 45% increase in capacity over previous-generation technology and 20 times the original design capacity of the cable, underscoring the value of Infinera’s innovative solutions.
Corning Incorporated is expanding its longtime collaboration with AT&T. The two companies will work together to extend investments in fiber infrastructure, expand U.S. broadband networks, and accelerate 5G deployment. Based on AT&T’s long-term commitment to its network buildout, Corning is investing $150 million in optical cable manufacturing in North Carolina, initially adding 200 jobs.
Caribbean Express (CX) - is a new build submarine cable system that is being developed by Ocean Networks. The carrier neutral CX system will connect Points of Presence between Boca Raton (Florida) and Balboa (Panama) with branch connections to Mexico and Columbia. In addition, the system will have future connectivity to the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Guatemala, Jamaica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. The CX system will utilize the latest Space Division Multiplexing (SDM) technology and have 18 fiber pairs at a minimum of 20Tbit per fiber pair.
Bulk Fiber Networks, the Nordics’ leading provider of ultra-scalable, highly connected, sustainable digital infrastructure and fiber networks, announced completion of construction of their high-capacity HAVSIL submarine cable. Selected by the Norwegian Communications Authority as the new main secure fiber system for the nation’s international data traffic, the express route is the shortest connecting Norway with continental Europe.
EXA Infrastructure, the most expansive dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, today unveiled a new brand and outlined its intentions to meet rising customer demand for core services after its acquisition by I Squared Capital.
United Fiber has been selected by Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier, to provide 100G optical wavelength services outside the Mid-Atlantic I-95 corridor. Deutsche Telekom Global Carrier is the wholesale division of Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with award-winning network quality. The fiber route spans from northern New Jersey to the data center capital of the world, Ashburn, Virginia.
LightEdge announced that GI Partners has acquired a controlling interest in the business. GI Partners' investment will support and accelerate the growth of LightEdge.
DE-CIX expands again in North America, adding Phoenix, Arizona (AZ), as its fifth IX in the U.S.. After a year of double-digit growth and expansion in 2020, with the addition of DE-CIX multi-service interconnection platforms in Chicago and Richmond, Phoenix is set to become DE-CIX’s western-most location, fortifying connectivity across the United States while enhancing gateway access between North America, South America, and Europe.