Viatel joins Metro2C Alliance

Pictured: Colm Piercy, Viatel

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20 March 2014 | 0

Viatel has joined the Metro2C Alliance, a collaboration of connectivity providers, data centre operators and Internet Exchanges founded by Sea Fibre Networks.

A part of the Digiweb Group, Viatel has invested €1 billion in constructing a low-latency, 8,500km fibre network connecting 35 European cities, over 120 data centres, and Europe’s leading Internet Exchanges.

The Metro2C Alliance is composed of carrier-neutral terrestrial and submarine networks that are critical for enterprises to run their global businesses including Internet and data communications.

Viatel operates two submarine cables connecting directly into one of Europe’s largest long-haul dark fibre networks providing customers access to metropolitan fibre rings in Dublin, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.

The new collaboration enables the Alliance to improve coverage in Ireland and key Southern European cities such as Lyon, Marseille, Strasbourg, Geneva and Milan, with a view to facilitating onward connectivity to the Middle East and Africa.

Diane Hodnett, CEO, Sea Fibre Networks, said: “Bringing enterprises closer to consumers is at the core of the Alliance’s strategy and working with established providers like Viatel, with their dense fibre footprint, eliminates digital enterprise growth barriers.”

Colm Piercy, CEO, Digiweb Group (pictured), said: “Joining the Metro2C Alliance strengthens the Viatel brand in new markets and further demonstrates our commitment to Ireland. Our extensive network footprint enables us to bring key business hubs closer together in today’s era of the virtual business.”

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