PacketFabric expands European software-defined fibre offering with GCX

Created November 14, 2018
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Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has interconnected with PacketFabric to provide a 100G transatlantic service from New York to London via its FA-1 North submarine cable system. The deal will enable PacketFabric, which offers scalable, real-time connectivity services between any two or more points on its fabric, to speed its expansion plans in Europe.

GCX’s FA-1 North cable system connects the US, the UK and France. PacketFabric competes with firms like Megaport to provide enterprises and service providers with flexible software-defined connectivity.

In addition to providing network services to PacketFabric, GCX will also significantly extend its own presence and network reach in the US, where PacketFabric has over 150 PoPs in 18 markets. PacketFabric has created a cloud connectivity product – PacketCOR – which allows its customers to establish direct and secure connections to cloud service products.

“This arrangement with GCX enriches our global expansion plans and provides a more reliable service to our customers in Europe,” said Chad Milam, president and COO of PacketFabric. “We’ve recently announced our first location outside of the US in London [through colocation and interconnectivity firm Equinix] and working with GCX strengthens our offering as we continue to expand our presence in Europe.”

Stefano Mazzitelli, managing director of GCX Europe & US, said: “This mutually-beneficial partnership will also expand GCX’s North American footprint, enabling us to serve a wider range of customers across the continent.”

GCX owns a private undersea cable system that spans over 68,000km. It is a subsidiary of Reliance Communications which offers a 200,000km fibre optic backbone that can provide a global service delivery platform for providers.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation