euNetworks looks to rapid expansion with $500m optical build out plans

Created January 15, 2018
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Pan-European optical networks provider euNetworks has been acquired by New York venture capital firm Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners, which plans to plough in $500m to build out the existing network.

EuNetworks, which is headquartered in the UK, is a bandwidth infrastructure company owning and operating 14 fibre-based metropolitan networks connected with a high capacity intercity backbone, covering 49 cities in 15 countries.

The company, which is present across North, Central and Southern Europe, is a leader in data centre connectivity, directly connecting over 300 data centres in the regions it operates in. It is also a cloud connectivity provider, directly connecting 13 cloud service platforms with access to a further seven.

Brady Rafuse, chief executive officer of euNetworks, said: “I genuinely believe the combination of Stonepeak, Columbia [now an existing minority investor] and many of our previous investors coming together as the new euNetworks, represents a fantastic opportunity for our customers, our people, our partners and the communities in which we operate.”

Up to $500m investment
Brian McMullen, senior managing director of Stonepeak, said: “We’re absolutely committed to building further on the unique position of euNetworks and look forward to investing up to an additional $500m of equity capital to support the growth of the company.”

euNetworks offers a targeted portfolio of metropolitan and long haul services including dark fibre, wavelengths and Ethernet. The wholesale, finance, content, media, data centre and enterprise markets are served by the firm.

Last October, euNetworks signed a deal with US firm Cloudwirx – a procurement and systems integrator for data centre and bandwidth infrastructure services – to support Cloudwirx’s mainly US West Coast customers expanding their operations in Europe with efficient optical networking.

Also, last August, euNetworks made a further investment in Manchester, UK, building out a new high density fibre network covering over 40 route kilometres in the city. This followed initial expansion into Manchester’s MediaCityUK area, which supported euNetworks’ media customers’ bandwidth needs, as well as enabling a seamless network to London, Dublin and other parts of Europe

The latest Manchester investment means customers have access to an interconnected network of 12 data centres using pre-spliced fibre. The ultra dense fibre metro network comprises of 864 fibres per route, three international connectivity nodes and pre-deployed Ethernet and wavelength capacity.

Antony Savvas

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by Antony Savvas

Freelance journalist Antony Savvas has been a technology ‎writer for almost 30 years and has worked across the IT sector's major magazines and websites. He was Computer Weekly's first ever networks and telecoms editor in the late1990s as the computing, mobile and networking industries converged. Antony also undertakes corporate writing assignments for the world's biggest technology companies.