03 January 2018
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
GlobeNet has set up a new internet interconnection point for Brazil at Fortaleza, the increasingly important landing point for cables to North America and Africa.
Fortaleza will join São Paulo as an internet exchange
point (IXP) for Brazil, connecting traffic for the north and
north-eastern part of the country in a deal with
Brazil’s Network Information Center
"A country with continental proportions like Brazil cannot rely
anymore on a single IXP for its critical traffic exchange,"
said Milton Kaoru Kashiwakura, special projects and development
director at NIC.br. "Network operators willing to exchange
traffic are welcome to connect."
NIC.br said it had chosen GlobeNet due the strong and solid
infrastructure established in the north-eastern part of Brazil,
and also because of the level of availability of data-centre
services, a reliable dual ring-protected fibre subsea cable
system that connects North and South America, and
GlobeNet CEO Eduardo Falzoni said: "The implementation of the
new, regional Fortaleza point of interconnection highlights
GlobeNet’s commitment to helping our clients
expand into new markets and improving access to the internet
for end-users in Brazil."
Fortaleza is a landing point for the Monet cable,
completed in December 2017 from Boca Raton, Florida, to Praia
Grande in southern Brazil. The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) is also
due to connect Fortaleza to Angola in south-west Africa, where
it joins the West Africa Cable System (WACS). The South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) cable
will run from Kribi in Cameroon to Fortaleza.