Telia Carrier launches new Michigan PoP


Telia Carrier has deployed a new point of presence in the 123Net facility in Michigan, boosting networking capacity in the US state.

The partnership will see 123Net, which hosts the Detroit Internet Exchange and offers data centre services in the Michigan area, leverage Telia Carrier’s 100G-enabled global IP backbone to provide scalable capacity and connectivity to the Michigan market.

123Net’s already owns an expansive fibre footprint throughout Michigan which includes up to 4,000 route miles of fibre in covering 106 communities. Telia’s PoP will see it offering increased bandwidth to support growing demand in the Michigan area.

 “Over the past several years, the auto industry as well as other businesses in Detroit have been focused on driving more innovation,” said Art Kazmierczak, director of network & business development, at Telia Carrier.

“These applications utilize the dynamic on-demand provisioning, and low latency performance of Telia Carrier’s global network, enabling access to cloud capabilities at the network edge and empowering developing technologies like autonomous vehicles and smart cities in the supporting infrastructure. We see facilitating these technologies as critical and that’s why we’re excited to partner with 123Net.”

Michigan has some of the most permissive self-driving car laws in the USA, with this new and developing technology requiring large scale and flexible networks to carry the huge volumes of data they generate. Intel estimates that an autonomous vehicle generates and consumes around 40 terabytes of data for every eight hours of driving.

According to 123Net, Detroit has seen large demand for better connectivity and data centres to support the automotive industry, and this is one of the reasons it cited for partnering with Telia Carrier.

Another reason is demand from content providers and enterprises operating across the health care, engineering, design, technology, and finance sectors, who are looking to move more applications to the cloud.

“We’re looking forward to growing this partnership with Telia Carrier,” said Bob Evenson, carrier relations manager at 123Net. “It’s exciting to be trusted by yet another international company and to be able to support their expansion with our infrastructure. We continue to see a high demand from regional, national, and international carriers to establish a point of presence at our Tier 3 facility.

“Being the largest carrier-neutral facility in the state makes it easy for not only carriers, like Telia Carrier, but also content providers who want to connect here and peer closer to end users. We hope to continue to provide solid options to carriers interested in the Michigan market.”