Highlights / Key Facts
Equinixis collaborating with NSPs and CSPs, introducing key innovations in subsea cable design and operations that leverage interconnection and data centers. MAREA and BRUSA will provide state-of-the-art connectivity technology to enable the development of value-added and new generations of cloud services, including content distribution to Southern European and Latin American Markets. The new cable landing station (CLS) architecture is developed to meet the needs of large CSPs for speed, efficiency and open system design.
- The MAREA subsea cable, which Telxius has recently opened for business, is a joint project with
Virginia Beach, VA, and Sopelana (near Bilbao), Spain. Telxius is responsible for the operation of the cable and leverages its IP, capacity, colocation and security services through it. Telxius has partnered with Equinixto develop and deploy the cable landing station architecture in the Equinix DC2 IBX to support the MAREA subsea cable system.
- Telxius is also building BRUSA, a new subsea cable over 6,800 miles in length linking Rio de Janeiro and
Fortaleza, Brazil, with San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Virginia Beach, VA(USA). BRUSA is on time to be completed by mid-2018. It will provide eight fiber pairs, offering leading-edge technology which will allow BRUSA to support ultrafast transmission capacity and to increase end-to-end connectivity and the availability of ultra-high-speed broadband services. BRUSA is set to offer one of the lowest latency communication links between two of the largest economies in the region, the U.S. and Brazil.
- Telxius has points of presence (PoPs) in more than 20 Equinix IBX data centers around the globe to support the Telxius network, including DC2 and DC6; MI1 and MI2; SP1, SP2, SP3 and SP4; RJ1 and RJ2 at which the MAREA and BRUSA cable systems terminate.
- The level of global data traffic is expected to reach 3.3 zettabytes by 20211 and almost every byte touches a subsea cable as cloud service providers, network service providers, content providers and enterprises push to move data globally in real time. The rapid growth of data—from basic web browsing and e-commerce to streaming video and AI—is helping drive a global surge in new subsea cable construction. Twenty new cables will launch in 2018 alone, with capacity of ~700 TB (vs. just six launched in 2016). Total subsea cable bandwidth is expected to double by 2021.
Equinixcontinues to build momentum to meet this rapidly increasingly need for subsea cables through data center design, partnerships and acquisitions. Equinixis home to 1,700+ networks and 2,900+ cloud and IT service providers on its global platform across 52 top markets on five continents. This makes Equinixthe Home of the Interconnected Cloud™ and a natural destination for subsea cable systems. Once a company or consortium commits to developing a subsea cable system, it can reach its goals faster by using Equinixas a gateway to the interconnection required by themselves and their customers. Because Equinixis carrier-neutral, subsea system operators can offer excess capacity to customers who otherwise couldn't as quickly or efficiently reach the markets being served by new subsea architecture.
Jon Hjembo, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Research, TeleGeography
"As content providers increasingly drive subsea network development across all routes, pushing traffic on low-latency paths to end users, we can expect to see more cables backhauling optical transmission directly into major data centers. The launches of MAREA and BRUSA fuel this trend, making
Jim Poole, Vice President, Business Development, Equinix
"We're partnering on new cable landing station projects that give our customers improved access to the expanding global subsea cable network. With this next-generation cable landing station design, the cables extend directly to an Equinix IBX data center. That means any user of a subsea cable system that lands inside one of our
Rafael Arranz, Chief Operations Officer, Telxius Cable Business
"This new cable landing station design effectively connects the data center and submarine communications worlds and opens the door to faster growth in bandwidth rates for our customers. This cutting-edge architecture leverages the ultra-high capacity of BRUSA and MAREA, two of the highest capacity cables ever built. It has been developed to fully address the needs of our customers in terms of both capacity and efficiency."
- Subsea cable momentum enables
Equinixto catch the next wave [blog]
- Equinix Builds Momentum as a Critical Partner in Next-Generation Submarine Cable Projects to Accommodate Unprecedented Data Growth [press release]
Telxius is the telecommunication infrastructure company of the Telefónica Group. Telxius manages a unique combination of towers and an international network of high-capacity fiber optic submarine cables. As specialists in telecommunication infrastructure, we aim at enabling the best communication for our customers. With more than 16,300 telecommunications towers in six countries, Telxius features one of the most extensive tower catalogs in the world, effectively serving customers as the leading market provider in
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX data centers and developing, deploying and delivering
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