Thursday, October 19, 2017

Equinix builds up Nordic game with Eastern Light submarine cable

IBX data centres in Helsinki and Stockholm to play pivotal role in new route linking the two capitals to the world.

In the latest drive to grow the Nordics’ data centre and cloud industry, Equinix has announced it is working with Eastern Light to deploy a fiber cable in Northern Europe connecting Sweden (Stockholm) to Finland (Hanko, Helsinki and Kotka).

The cable will terminate in two Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres: HE6 in Helsinki and SK2 in Stockholm.

Equinix said the investment comes as global enterprises look to capitalise on the business opportunity in the Nordics.

By connecting to Equinix data centres, Eastern Light and its dark fiber customers will be given access to the Equinix’s business ecosystems and interconnection platform – Platform Equinix -, providing access to the markets and ecosystems worldwide.

Eric Schwartz, president EMEA, Equinix, said: “The vast majority of global data traffic is carried through submarine cables – this is critical infrastructure. A greater proliferation of these cables is essential in this digital age, when organizations depend on instant connectivity to markets and partners worldwide.

“As subsea cables connect more places, they enable the low latency that real-time technologies like those supporting electronic trading and the Internet of Things require.”

In addition to the cable route announced with Equinix, Eastern Light is in the process of building a series of new international fiber optic cable routes in northern Europe, with a focus on selling dark fiber to operators as well as other customers with special requirements for controlling their own infrastructure.

Svante Jurnell, CEO and founder, Eastern Light, said: “We see a huge potential in connecting our system to Equinix’ data centres. Eastern Light’s focus is to build and provide efficient long-haul dark fiber routes in the Nordic region, and the new link between Equinix’ HE6 and SK2 data centres will be considerably more direct and cost-effective than existing routes.”