- New subsea cable connecting Europe, Africa and Asia to locate termination and interconnection equipment on Interxion’s Marseille campus
- Collaboration expands access to Digital Realty’s PlatformDIGITAL® and PCCW Global’s Software Defined Interconnection® platform, Console Connect
14 January 2021
Interxion: A Digital Realty Company (NYSE:DLR, news, filings) and leading European provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data centre solutions, has signed an agreement with PCCW GLOBAL to locate the Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) subsea cable system’s termination and interconnection equipment in Interxion’s MRS2 data centre in Marseille, France. The collaboration will enable low-latency access to over 160 connectivity providers along with multiple content, cloud, gaming and video streaming platforms.
The high-speed, 15,000km PEACE subsea cable system will offer high capacity, low-latency routes connecting China, Europe and Africa. In addition to France, the cable will land in Malta, Cyprus, Egypt, Djibouti, Kenya, Pakistan and other countries and regions with onward terrestrial connectivity to China.
The PEACE cable will be the fifthteenth subsea cable system to land in Marseille, further enhancing the value of Network Hubs deployed on PlatformDIGITAL®, Digital Realty’s global infrastructure solution, in the region as enterprises seek greater resiliency and performance for interconnecting global workflows. The collaboration represents a strategic expansion of both PlatformDIGITAL® and Console Connect, PCCW Global’s Software Defined Interconnection® platform. Both platforms enable new and existing customers to deploy and manage hybrid IT services quickly and efficiently.
Console Connect is available to Interxion customers at MRS1, MRS2 and MRS3, providing them with instant access to a global ecosystem of cloud, SaaS, UcaaS, IX and IoT partners, as well as extended coverage to more than 400 data centers in 47 countries worldwide. Interxion customers in Marseille can also access Console Connect’s new Internet On-Demand service, which offers high-performance internet access on-demand across PCCW Global’s leading Tier 1 IP network.
Interxion’s Marseille campus is one of the world’s leading digital hubs for intercontinental data traffic with a thriving community of numerous connectivity providers, digital media and cloud segments along with local and global enterprises, providing customers a strong foundation to execute their digital transformation strategies and scale globally.
“Interxion’s fluid interconnection environment in Marseille enables the PEACE subsea cable to efficiently service the needs of the vibrant community of interest on the campus, while extending the system’s reach to additional markets such as Frankfurt and Paris,” says Sameh Sobhy, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at PCCW Global.
“Selecting the right data centre in Europe for the PEACE subsea cable to interconnect with is a critical component to ensure the project’s commercial success. We know that with Interxion we have made the right strategic decision,” says Sun Xiaohua, Chief Operating Officer of the PEACE Cable International Network Co. Ltd.
The PEACE system will provide the most direct and high-capacity route from Asia to Europe. These features, combined with exceptionally low latency, are vitally important for a wide array of commercial and consumer applications. Moreover, PEACE deploys a state-of-the-art “system within a system” configuration that gives each party the required flexibility to design its own subsystem with reconfigurable bandwidth for different points over the lifetime of the cable.
“This collaboration with PEACE and PCCW Global not only solidifies Marseille’s future as an intercontinental hub with access to state-of-the-art communication services, but also affords Interxion’s global customer base entry into new markets and the ability to connect their often geographically dispersed infrastructure in close proximity to the connected community via PlatformDIGITAL®,” says Mike Hollands, Senior Director, Market Development at Interxion.
“The PEACE cable is well placed to meet the burgeoning exchange of data and video traffic between Europe, Africa and Asia, enabling enterprises to extend their global workflows and efficiently execute their digital transformation strategies.”
About Interxion: A Digital Realty Company
Interxion: A Digital Realty Company, is a leading provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre solutions across EMEA. With more than 700 connectivity providers in over 100 data centres across 13 European countries, Interxion provides communities of connectivity, cloud and content hubs. As part of Digital Realty, customers now have access to 49 metros across six continents. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the world’s leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers a trusted foundation and proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture PDx™ solution methodology for scaling digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges. Digital Realty’s global data center footprint gives customers access to the connected communities that matter to them with more than 280 facilities in 49 metros across 24 countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit digitalrealty.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
About PCCW Global
PCCW Global is a leading international communications service provider, offering the latest mobility, voice and data solutions to multinational enterprises, telecommunications partners, cloud and application service providers. With a network footprint reaching over 3,000 cities in 160+ countries across 5 continents, our truly global coverage combined with local on-the-ground knowledge has helped us build best-in-class global connections linking Africa, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. Our network supports a portfolio of integrated communications services including connectivity, applications, and tailored solutions integrated and orchestrated by the Console Connect on-demand digital Software Defined Interconnection® platform, one of the first global platforms to fully automate switching and routing of all communications for seamless interconnection. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit pccwglobal.com.
About PEACE Cable International Network CO., LTD
PEACE Cable International Network CO., LTD, founded in 2018 and registered in Hong Kong. PEACE aims to be leading international submarine cable system operator. PEACE submarine cable system, connecting Asia, Africa and Europe, provides an open, flexible and carrier-neutral services for its customers. PEACE is targeted for completion in 2021. When complete, the high-speed PEACE cable system will offer the shortest routes from China to Europe and Africa, interconnecting three of the world’s most populous continents whilst at the same time dramatically reducing latency, delivering a superior connectivity experience which will be ideal for a vast array of commercial and consumer applications. To learn more about PEACE Cable System, please visit peacecable.com.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to the PEACE subsea cable, our Marseille campus, the European and French metros, PlatformDIGITAL® and the global exchange of data. For a list and description of risks and uncertainties, see the reports and other filings by the company with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.