Equinix And Telefónica Partner To Improve Atlantic Connections

Equinix And Telefónica Partner To Improve Atlantic Connections

DATA ECONOMY: The sub-sea cable alliance will mean improved latency and greater speeds for content providers, cloud service providers and enterprises doing business through Equinix’s global data centre network.


Equinix and Telxius, Telefónica’s infrastructure subsidiary, are working together on US facilities and services for the next-generation cable landing station architecture for the new MAREA and BRUSA cable systems.

The two sub-sea cables will terminate in a US landing station located in Virginia Beach, VA, and will be linked to the Equinix DC2 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Virginia, “representing an innovative design in sub-sea cable infrastructure”, said the partners.

Equinix says its global IBX data centres are ideal for extending the back-haul capacity of a sub-sea cable system directly into a high-density data centre. Equinix customers will have direct access to the MAREA and BRUSA cable systems via a simple cross connect from any IBX data centre.

The MAREA and BRUSA project will enable the development of value-added and new generations of cloud services, said Equinix, including content distribution to the Southern European and Latin American markets markets. The new cable landing station (CLS) architecture is developed to meet the needs of large cloud service providers (CSPs) for speed and efficiency around open system designs.

The MAREA sub-sea cable, which Telxius has recently opened for business, is a joint project with Facebook and Microsoft. It is the highest capacity sub-sea cable system built across the Atlantic, consisting of eight fibre pairs stretching 4,000 miles between Virginia Beach and Sopelana, near Bilbao, Northern Spain. Telxius is also building BRUSA, a new sub-sea cable over 6,800 miles in length linking Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in Brazil, with San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Virginia Beach.

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