Deutsche Telekom ICSS launches two new IP PoPs

02 August 2018 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Deutsche Telekom’s International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) has announced the launch of two new IP points of presence (PoPs) in Frankfurt and Berlin.

The IP PoPs have bandwidths of several 100Gbps (n x 100Gbps) and both internet hubs are hosted by European data centre provider e-shelter, which is a member of the NTT Communications Group.

“Today’s ever-growing data volumes match the rising expectations of users,” said Matthias Maurer, head of product management internet & transport at ICSS.

“At ICSS we are always several steps ahead of demand because we’re committed to providing our customers and partners with superior, future-proof connectivity and quality. These new PoPs are part of that promise.”

The new infrastructure provides clients of both ICSS and e-shelter with direct access to Deutsche Telekom’s Tier 1 IP network, which is one of the world’s largest. As requirements for high-speed connectivity continually increase, these PoPs are part of ICSS’s strategy to expand its IP footprint, with focus on the fast-growing German market.

Deutsche Telekom has extended its autonomous AS 3320 network around the e-shelter sites in Frankfurt – Europe's largest data centre campus – and the Berlin 1 data centre, with a colocation area of 13,000 sq m.

Volker Ludwig, senior vice president of sales at e-shelter, added: "The e-shelter data centres have developed into connectivity hubs for public cloud, carrier, content delivery networks and internet exchanges. The arrival of these new nodes in our Frankfurt 1 and Berlin 1 campus sites further strengthens our carrier offering and means our customers will have direct 100Gbps access to the Deutsche Telekom network.”

The news comes two years after NTT Com expanded its Tier 1 global IP network with two PoPs at e-shelter data centres in Berlin and Frankfurt. e-shelter operates 10 data centre locations within Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The company, which leverages 300MW of power capacity and 90,000 sq m of data centre space to deliver scalable data centre solutions, is looking to expand beyond the DACH region.

In other news, Deutsche Telekom and Russia’s MegaFon announced in July they had launched a new 3,200km route between Moscow and Frankfurt.