Hurricane Electric adds first PoP in Croatia

19 July 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Hurricane Electric has further expanded its global IP backbone by deploying its first point of presence (PoP) in Croatia at the SRCE Zagreb data centre.

The launch of its first Croatian PoP marks Hurricane Electric’s latest move in its European expansion of the largest IPv6-native internet backbone, providing the area with high speed IP transit, low latency and fewer router hops.

SRCE, otherwise known as the University of Zagreb University Computing Centre, has a long history focusing on the application of ICT and acts as the computing centre for the school and associated research and educational institutions throughout the country.

“Based on the impressive growth of the telecommunications industry in Central Europe, Hurricane Electric is delighted to open our first point of presence in Croatia,” said Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric.

“The services that we offer will be able to satisfy the intensive bandwidth needs that are inherent in research institutions. With the launch of our 40th European PoP, we look forward to further expanding throughout this important region and beyond in the second half of 2017.”

Individuals utilising SRCE Zagreb will have direct access to Hurricane Electric’s IPv4 and IPv6 network as well as increased network capacity through 100GE, 10GE and GigE ports. They also now have the opportunity to exchange IP traffic, or peer, with Hurricane Electric’s global network, which is Jumbo Frame (9000 byte MTU) compatible.

Additionally, those taking advantage of Hurricane Electric’s offerings will also experience increased capacity, more reliability and reduced latency in the delivery of next generation IP services.

The announcement comes one year after Hurricane Electric launched its first African PoP and after the company announced at Capacity Middle East in March that in response to increased global traffic it was building out its IPv4 and IPv6 network throughout several regions in the Middle East and Africa.

Eastern European carriers are facing a unique challenge today as a result of the deployment of higher capacity subsea cables running from western Europe to Asia grows, the terrestrial carriers risk losing business.

Over the last few years Hurricane Electric has announced PoPs in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Romania, Serbia, and Spain.