Italy's Unidata picks Telia Carrier for Rome PoP

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Italian service provider Unidata has partnered with Telia Carrier to leverage the international firm’s recently-launched point of presence in Rome to offer enterprise customers global connectivity.

Utilising Telia Carrier’s Rome PoP gives Unidata – which offers fibre, cloud, and internet of things solutions to customers in Italy – access to Telia’s global fibre backbone, which spans Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Unidata offers a number of enterprise and wholesale services, including fibre connectivity, IP transit, voice over IP and colocation.  

Renato Brunetti, president of Unidata, said: “Telia Carrier was a clear choice for us when looking for a network partner. Our customers now get the highest quality connectivity in the region, and the partnership with Telia means we can continue to evolve our customer offerings through services such as Cloud Connect, which give enterprises a secure, dedicated and scaleable connection to their cloud, wherever it is in the world.”

Telia launched its PoP in Rome last year, opting for the NaMeX data centre in the heart of the city. It also operates three other PoPs in Milan – Caldera, Data4 and Supernap – proving IP backbone and cloud connect services to enterprises, operators and content providers.

Telia Carrier has made significant investments in Italy during recent years, citing a steady increase in traffic volumes. When launching the Rome PoP, Telia Carrier also pointed to the benefits of submarine landing stations in Sicily and Bari in order to supply the backbone services needed to serve traffic to other geographical regions, such as northern Africa and the Middle East.

“We foresaw the rise in traffic throughout Italy and have spent two years building the infrastructure needed to ensure enterprises, content providers and ISPs like Unidata, can maintain the performance of their services and expand their offerings to take full advantage of Internet and cloud-based technology,” said Davide Binaghi, managing director of Telia Carrier Italy. “Unidata shares Telia’s passion to be at the cutting edge of connectivity, and we look forward to a long partnership together.”

According to Dyn Research’s global backbone rankings, Telia Carrier’s global IP backbone, AS1299, is currently ranked number one. Telia Carrier connects more than 280 PoPs worldwide.

In 2018, Telia Carrier launched several new PoPs, the most recent of which was in Zurich, at colozü Zurich. It also completed a network expansion in Moscow, launched a new PoP in Tokyo and extended its reach to Serbia and Mexico.