GlobeNet opens Fortaleza central interconnection point

20 September 2018 | Jason McGee-Abe

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GlobeNet has announced its new central interconnection point at the Fortaleza internet exchange point (IXP) is open for business.

As a result, network operators and internet service providers (ISPs) throughout Northeastern Brazil will be able to exchange traffic locally, taking advantage of the high-bandwidth, low latency connectivity GlobeNet’s infrastructure offers. The news comes after GlobeNet announced at the start of the year that the cable hub of Fortaleza would become its second IXP in Brazil.

“At GlobeNet, we’re excited to be contributing to Brazil’s expanding digital economy,” says Eduardo Falzoni, CEO of GlobeNet.

“The new Fortaleza IXP is key to ensuring the resiliency of the country’s internet infrastructure. For network operators, ISPs and other enterprises, it means increased bandwidth and ultra-low latency connections, all backed by our solid data centre infrastructure and reliable fibre-optic subsea cable system. We are not only answering today’s demand for improved connectivity, but we are also future proofing Brazil’s northern networks for increased internet penetration.”

In response to increased demand from Brazil’s growing number of ISPs, GlobeNet announced a partnership with the Brazilian Network Information Center (NIC.br) to establish a new, central interconnection point in Fortaleza in December 2017. With the installation now fully complete, the new infrastructure is set to be Brazil’s second most important interconnection point after the São Paulo IXP further south.

For network operators looking to connect in the Fortaleza IXP, NIC.br is also using the site to deploy its first full-service infrastructure outside São Paulo. In short, the city will now serve as a hub for all NIC.br’s Northeastern operations in Brazil – a major step forward for Latin America’s largest country by GDP.

The official launch of the Fortaleza IXP comes just a few weeks after GlobeNet announced Facebook as a co-owner of its new ‘Malbec’ subsea cable to Argentina – the first new cable to that country since 2001.