Equinix to Open New Digital Gateway to Northern Europe with Eastern Light Submarine Cable
As global enterprises look to capitalize on the business opportunity in the Nordics, they are finding that they also require more capacity to run IT operations including cloud-based applications and
Highlights / Key Facts
- The private
Stockholm-based company 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. Eastern Light's main supplier of its sea cable system is NSW ( Norddeutsche Seekabelwerke GmbH) and the system has been optimized to feature Ciena'sGeoMesh solutions as part of its dark fiber offering. The Sweden–Finland portion of the cable is scheduled for completion in autumn 2017.
- The Eastern Light cable combines the cable landing station and interconnection hub into a single solution at
Equinix's Helsinkiand Stockholmdata centers, eliminating the need for a beach cable landing station. This reduces cost, complexity and points of failure, and enables Eastern Light's customers to scale its bandwidth using advanced networking technologies like SDN.
- According to the
European Commission'sDigital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2017, Denmark(1), Finland(2), Sweden(3) and the Netherlands(4) have the most advanced digital economies in the EU. The index also states that, "access to fast broadband-enabled services is a necessary condition for competitiveness." DESI is a composite index that summarizes relevant indicators on Europe'sdigital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness. Equinix's Stockholmand Helsinkidata centers anchor Equinix'sglobal interconnection platform in the Nordics to businesses that increasingly require interconnection at the digital edge. When subsea cable systems are linked to cloud and content ecosystems inside 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.
Equinix'srecent Q1 2017 earnings call, the company announced that it is maintaining significant momentum as the interconnection partner for new submarine cable projects globally, including recently winning its fifteenth project.
- Svante Jurnell, CEO and founder, Eastern Light:
"We see a huge potential in connecting our system to
Equinix' data centers. 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 centers will be considerably more direct and cost-effective than existing routes.
We have also made it our mission to make it as simple and reliable as possible for our customers to light up their own dark fibers by working closely with
Dan Thompson, analyst, 451 Research:
"Over the last decade, dramatic improvements were made in the electro-optical transceivers at the ends of the existing cables that increased the capacity faster than the load was growing, but that's an improvement that's run out of steam, especially given the increasing back-end data center traffic."
Eric Schwartz, president EMEA, Equinix:
"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 Thingsrequire."
- Equinix Builds Momentum as a Critical Partner in Next-Generation Submarine Cable Projects to Accommodate Unprecedented Data Growth [press release]
- Taking Subsea Cable Systems to the Heart of Interconnection [blog]
- Visit http://www.easternlight.se/ for more information on Eastern Light [website]
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