Kao Data invests in euNetworks high-density fibre

14 December 2018 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Kao Data is working with bandwidth infrastructure provider, euNetworks, to enable the delivery of high-density fibre and duct to the Kao Data, Harlow-based data centre campus north of London.

The new infrastructure provides “unique routing opportunities, taking advantage of Harlow’s strategic location between core hyperscale campuses in Dublin and Amsterdam”, the company said. It added that it will also offer fast connection to Slough, to the west of London, and the Docklands in the east of London. 

“Massive data traffic increase is driving data centre market growth. It is essential that Kao Data is investing in guaranteed access to the most advanced and dense data capability,” said Jan Daan Luycks, CEO of Kao Data (pictured).

“This attracts customers from the widest base, from hyperscalers, financial, retail, media and enterprise. Kao Data’s recent OCP Ready status demonstrates our forward thinking in the market. Combine that with access to euNetworks’ fibre network and it is a compelling customer opportunity.”

As the UK continues its strong position in the international data centre market, a series of significant investments in high-density fibre routes are underway to support hyperscale data traffic requirements.

The UK Prime Minister Theresa May recently welcomed the announcement from Equinix that it is investing £90 million in a new flagship data centre, LD7, at its London Slough campus.

With the strategic location of the £200 million, 150,000 sq ft Harlow-based facility and evolving demand opportunities spanning from Enfield, Waltham Forest, Welwyn Garden City across to Harlow, this partnership and roll out of fibre comes at an important time.

Kevin Dean, chief marketing officer at euNetworks, added: “We are focused on the delivery of fibre-based infrastructure to data centres across our pan-European footprint. We continue to invest in our network footprint with high fibre count cable and duct. This enables the growing bandwidth needs of data centres and data campuses, and the customers needing access into these sites. The region is growing in importance for many of our customers, as they seek alternate routes between key hyperscale hubs. We’re delighted we will be able to offer our multi-terabit bandwidth services at Kao Data and beyond.”

euNetworks owns and operates 14 fibre-based metropolitan networks connected with a high capacity intercity backbone covering 49 cities in 15 countries across Europe.

This year has seen Kao Data expand its high-speed network capabilities with its connection to the London Internet Exchange (LINX) through its partnership with Ai Networks and open the doors to its Kao London One Data Centre, the first of four data centres to be built at the £200 million Kao Data Campus in Harlow.

Interesting fact, Kao Data is named after the late Sir Charles Kao, who invented optical fibres on the same site in Harlow.