Telia Carrier to provide fibre backbone to US national research and education network

Created December 3, 2018
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Telia Carrier has again been selected as a fibre “qualified supplier” by The Quilt, the national coalition of non-profit regional research and education networks representing 900 institutions in the US. As part of the agreement, Telia Carrier will continue to provide its fibre backbone to The Quilt’s members.

The Quilt, primarily funded by its participants, uses the collective strength of its membership to source services from approved service provider partners such as Telia Carrier.

Telia Carrier is providing IPv4 and IPv6 performance, scale and flexibility to Quilt infrastructure providers for the IP Transit service, delivering more than 300Gbps of internet capacity to members and connecting more than 20 unique university and regional networks.

Quilt members will take advantage of Telia Carrier’s reach and service diversity, with several using the company’s distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection for organisations and their critical applications. Quilt research and education networks also have access to the company’s Cloud Connect service, enabling them to connect directly to cloud service providers however and whenever they want.

“The Quilt participants have a reputation for combining leading edge experiences and influencing the US information technology infrastructure agenda,” said Stephen Hartman, head of the North Americas region for Telia Carrier. “This deal reinforces the value of our reliable network services and extensive geographic reach in the North American market and beyond.”

Telia says it controls 65,000km of fibre across Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Telia’s Quilt agreement follows the one recently signed by GTT Communications, which is providing nearly 50Gbps of internet capacity to Quilt members, and which is expected to increase to 100Gbps by the end of 2018. GTT delivers internet services over its Tier 1 global IP backbone, among the largest in the world.

The Quilt community collectively purchases 765Gbps of committed commodity bandwidth from Quilt-approved providers.


This article was written
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