Equinix and Vodafone Collaborate to Build Digital Hub in Genoa, Connecting Africa, Europe and the Middle East
2Africa is one of the world's largest submarine telecommunications cable projects, driven by a group of partners. The cable will circumnavigate the continent of
GN1 will have a direct fiber connection to ML5, the soon-to-be opened
The combination of 2Africa's landing in the new
2Africa is expected to deliver more than the total combined capacity of all subsea cables serving
The need for robust digital infrastructures can be seen across the world, and
- The 2Africa project includes partners from
China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, stc, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC. The cable system will underpin digitization across the African continent by bringing greater capacity, quality and availability of internet connectivity between Africaand the rest of the world.
- Responsibility for landing the 2Africa cable is split between the 2Africa parties depending on location. Vodafone is leading all European landings, along with selected other sites.
- As the home of the interconnected cloud®,
Equinixis a natural destination for subsea cable systems and a gateway to new opportunities for system operators and their customers. Equinixhosts over 2,950 cloud and IT service providers on its global platform and can support subsea cable systems in 40 subsea-enabled metros around the world. When subsea cable systems are linked to cloud and content ecosystems on Platform Equinix®, users can access a variety of scalable cloud services almost anywhere they need to be. And because Equinixis carrier-neutral, subsea system operators can offer excess network capacity to customers who otherwise couldn't as quickly or efficiently reach the markets being served by new subsea architectures.
- GN1 is being built in line with global environmental standards and will contribute to a portfolio of some of the most energy-efficient data centers in the world. Indeed, GN1 is expected to utilize 100% renewable energy. As the world's digital infrastructure company,
Equinixis working to protect, connect and power a more sustainable digital world by proactively addressing its ESG impacts. Equinixrecently scored the highest rating on its first response to the DPP's Committed to Sustainability survey, and joined European cloud infrastructure and data center providers and European trade associations to form the Climate Neutral Data Centre Operator Pact and Self-Regulatory Initiative.
- ML5 will be a new flagship International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center in
Milanthat offers state-of-the-art colocation, as well as a host of advanced interconnection services—including Equinix Fabric™ and Equinix Internet Exchange®—enabling virtual interconnections to some of the largest cloud providers in the world, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Google Cloud. When opened, ML5 will provide capacity of 500 cabinet equivalents and colocation space of approximately 15,000 square feet (1,400 square meters).
- The Global Interconnection Index (GXI) Volume 4, a market study recently published by
Equinix, forecasts that overall interconnection bandwidth—the measure of private connectivity for the transfer of data between organizations—will achieve a 45% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2023, globally. The expected growth is driven by digital transformation, and specifically by greater demands from enterprises extending their digital infrastructure from centralized locations to distributed edge locations.
Nick Gliddon, Director, Vodafone Carrier Services:
"The 2Africa project is vitally important to improving connectivity between
Europe, Africaand the Middle East, and will also improve intra-European connectivity. By linking Spainand Portugaldirectly to Genoaand Milan, the system will avoid fiber bottlenecks that naturally occur between Franceand Spain, further strengthening Vodafone's Gigabit networks." Emmanuel Becker, Managing Director, Italy, Equinix:
Italyis an important growth market for Equinixin EMEA, as it's a strategic interconnection point for the region and beyond. We are working to give our customers improved access to the expanding global subsea cable network, so they have increased opportunities to expand internationally. Thanks also to the opening of our new data center in Milan, ML5, we are creating an interconnected metro area where customers can connect with strategic business partners in Italyand across the world." Eugene Bergen Henegouwen, President, EMEA, Equinix:
"I am thrilled we are adding a new metro to our EMEA portfolio.
Equinix's Genoasite provides a great landing hub for subsea cable operators, whilst at the same time boosting the digital ecosystems at our recently announced Milanflagship, ML5. Equinixcontinues to focus on expanding its position as a global connectivity service provider. Our commitment is always to support the increasing demands we're seeing from companies globally to accelerate their digital transformation. We're helping businesses connect to everything they need to succeed, and will continue to do so." Marco Bucci, Mayor of Genoa City:
"We are very excited to be the host city for the new subsea hub GN1, that will serve as a landing point for the 2Africa cable in the north of
Italy. Genoais known for the central role it has played in maritime trade for many centuries. Thanks to GN1, the city will become one of the main digital harbors of Europe, and play a key role in global data transfer."
- Annual Market Study Reveals Pace at Which COVID-19 Is Accelerating Digital Transformation [press release]
- Equinix Submarine Cable Momentum is Accelerating [blog post]
Equinixto Open New Flagship Data Centerin Milan[press release]
- Global Interconnection Index (GXI), Volume 4 [report]
- Learn more about
- Learn more about Vodafone cable systems [website]
- Learn more about Vodafone's investment in 2Africa [blog post]
- Vodafone global co-location services [website]
Vodafone is a leading telecommunications company in
Vodafone is the largest mobile and fixed network operator in
We support diversity and inclusion through our maternity and parental leave policies, empowering women through connectivity and improving access to education and digital skills for women, girls, and society at large. We are respectful of all individuals, irrespective of race, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, belief, culture or religion.
Vodafone is also taking significant steps to reduce our impact on our planet by reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2025, purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and reusing, reselling or recycling 100% of our redundant network equipment.
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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