CHICAGO -- In an effort to provide businesses with 100G connectivity in the "DASH" market in Texas, other parts of the US, and Mexico, Telia Carrier joined forces with CyrusOne, a carrier-neutral, data center property provider.
"DASH" stands for Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, and represents a large market opportunity for Telia Carrier and CyrusOne both of which are targeting Fortune 1000 companies, including oil, gas, financial and cloud businesses with their high-speed transport services -- and connectivity between Mexico and the US -- thanks to Telia Carrier's large-scale, multi-terabit, optical backbone. "One of the biggest benefits for us was their brand new IP optical backbone," Josh Snowhorn, VP and general manager, CyrusOne, told The New IP last week, ahead of International Telecoms Week (ITW).
"Our customers have crossed from being just large oil and gas and financial companies into some of the largest cloud companies as well -- so having 100-gig routers and 100-gig optical backbone was important to us," he said. "But this [partnership] also leads us into new markets and we are going to be working with Telia on that. We've purchased services from them as part of this."
Telia Carrier had previously invested in fiber in the DASH market -- and then moved to partner with CyrusOne, according to Ivo Pascucci, regional director, Americas, Telia Carrier. "CyrusOne has 176 of the Fortune 1000 companies and we saw that as an opportunity to broaden our coverage of the verticals beyond typical service providers and into the large enterprise space where requirements are into the multi-100-gig type capacity," he said.
As for why Telia chose Texas, Pascucci said one of the reasons was because Telia Carrier wanted to extend its network to the border with Mexico. "There is a huge amount of growth in traffic between the US and Mexico," he said. "The most growth we see out of Latin America today is from Mexico. They are opening the market to deregulation and the demand for broadband is opening up the market opportunity."
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, managing editor, The New IP and Upskill U