Telia Carrier and Telxius enter major network capacity agreement

13 March 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Telia Carrier and Telxius have entered into an agreement for multi-terabit capacity services joining together capacity from Telxius’ MAREA cable and Telia Carrier’s European network.

“MAREA is the highest capacity cable system in the world offering a key diverse route across the Atlantic. Telxius and Telia Carrier both work with the world’s largest operators, content providers and enterprises, who will now also benefit from this deployment,” said Enrique Valdés (pictured), vice president of sales, Telxius. “This partnership was perfect for us and we’re confident that our combined strengths will contribute to realising the full potential of the MAREA subsea cable system.”

The combination of Telia’s European and North American terrestrial network and Telxius’ newest 6,600km trans-Atlantic cable, gives both companies not only additional network support and reach, it will also create a bridge linking US to other cable systems that connect to Northern Europe, Africa and Asia.

“This is one of the largest European capacity projects in recent years and by combining our extensive European network across 100 points of presence (PoPs) in Europe with Telxius’ Spanish footprint and the Marea cable system, this is a perfect, end-to-end fit,’ said Ivo Pascucci, vice president of sales, Telia Carrier. “Apart from the obvious benefits of additional capacity and lower latency within Europe and towards the US, we are delighted to work with such a strong partner in this and other projects.”

MAREA is an 8 fibre-pair, 200Tbps system that runs from Sopelana in the north of Spain to Virginia Beach in the US. The Sopelana landing is connected to an existing fibre network linking major hubs like Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London.

Conversely Telia Carrier is the owner operator of an extensive backbone network that provides critical network infrastructure, services and cloud connectivity to operators, content providers and enterprises. Telia’s network spans more than 280 PoPs with 65,000km of fibre across Europe, The Americas, Asia and the Middle East.