Telefónica introduces first 200G data roaming connection
Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) has announced its first 200 Gigabit Ethernet redundant data roaming interconnection is now ready for service.
“IPX providers, like Telefónica, have a key role to play to provide mobile operators with the interconnection options they need to meet customer connectivity and experience expectations,” said Juan Carlos Bernal, CEO of Telefonica’s International Wholesale Business.
“We are committed to delivering a high quality experience, not just for our operator customers but also for their customers.”
EU regulation generalised Roam Like at Home (RLAH) in Europe in June 2017 and, together with the ongoing adoption of 4G technology, it has led to significant traffic growth, even beyond the traditional summer peak, and one year on, the data roaming traffic of European Union operators has tripled year-on-year.
Telefónica’s wholesale business unit says this is a “new milestone in the deployment of traffic capacity for its customers”. TIWS launched its first 200 Gigabit Ethernet interconnection in August 2018 with one of its most traffic-intensive customers, Telefónica España.
Ignacio de los Mozos Cuadrado, director of wholesale business of Telefónica España, said: “With the increase in traffic that we expect in the future, it is important that we prepare our network to handle it, and we are confident that this 200G interconnection will ensure our customers receive the service that they demand.”
The new redundant interconnection is based on the link aggregation (LAG) of 100 Gigabit Ethernet interconnections and with this increase in network access, paired with upgrades in its backbone, TIWS said it is confident it will satisfy the needs of Telefónica España and its Roaming partners for the coming years, delivering an excellent end user experience.