Density and diversity added to the heart of Europe’s largest fibre network
London, 22 February 2011 – Interoute Communications Ltd, owner operator of Europe’s largest next-generation network, has acquired KPN’s 3,600km dark fibre network to provide organisations with network diversity into the main commercial hubs of Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, as well as six additional cities including, Dusseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Frankfurt and Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and Kehl.
By combining KPN’s network with Europe’s most advanced and densely connected voice and data network, Interoute is adding more resilience, diversity and density into the heart of its West European fibre network. The deal allows KPN to focus on providing managed and value-added services to its customers in Germany, secure in the knowledge that it has a partner with the expertise to provide any dark fibre it may need now and in the future.
Gareth Williams, Interoute CEO, commented, “We are constantly looking at ways to enhance our network, extending its reach and technical prowess. By acquiring a network that takes a different path through Germany, we’ve not only added an extra layer of network resilience at a pivotal position within Europe, but we’ve doubled our network size in Germany. For organisations with dispersed offices across Europe, network diversity is essential to ensure that they have the flexibility to support their ever-changing network and business needs.”
The 3,600 kilometer dark fibre network comprises 2 ducts, 96 fibre pairs and 27 ILAs. As part of the deal, KPN will lease back 4 to 5 fibre pairs from Interoute to support KPN customers in Germany. In addition, Interoute will acquire KPN’s existing fibre customers.
Interoute will optimise its existing and acquired network in Germany to gain operational efficiencies and performance benefits. Once the network optimisation work is complete, new more direct fibre routes will become available, bringing low latency benefits to enterprise and wholesale customers across Europe. At the same time, wholesale customers in Germany will gain access to Interoute’s services and expertise which they can use to support their network needs.
Interoute is the owner/operator of Europe’s most advanced and densely connected voice and data network, encompassing over 55,000 km of lit fibre, 8 Data Centres, 32 purpose-built colocation centres and on-net to another 150 partner Data Centres across the European footprint. Interoute’s full-service next generation network serves international enterprises from a broad range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, finance, pharmaceutical and retail, plus every major European incumbent, as well as the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments, universities and research agencies. These organisations find Interoute the ideal partner for hosting content, providing wholesale bandwidth and transit services, corporate connectivity or creating new services. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, in North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe’s major business centres. Providing service and support in 15 European languages, Interoute is a key part of Europe’s Digital Supply Chain. The network is future-proofed, endowed with Europe’s largest fibre and duct reserve, and is a leader in the deployment of advanced network technologies, from the ground to the Cloud. www.interoute.com