PacketFabric deploys first software-defined PoP in Asia-Pacific

Created July 17, 2019
Technologies and Products

PacketFabric, the software-defined network-as-a-service (NaaS) platform, has expanded its offering in Sydney, Australia to better serve the Asia-Pacific region. The company, which competes against the likes of Megaport and PCCW in the NaaS market, has established a point-of-presence at the Equinix SY4 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Sydney. The PoP is the first data centre in the Asia-Pacific region directly connected to PacketFabric’s network. Equinix itself also provides its own network-as-a-service.

To deliver its service in the region, PacketFabric uses the Hawaiki Transpacific Cable System, the fastest and largest capacity link between Australia, New Zealand and the US West Coast, to interconnect Sydney and the US.

Earlier this year, PacketFabric and Hawaiki announced a strategic partnership, enabling PacketFabric to offer on-demand transpacific capacity, available on month-to-month terms from any location its network reaches.

Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman of PacketFabric, said; “Extending our unique transport network from the US to Australia and the Asia-Pacific region is an important milestone in our goal to establish a global, secure cloud infrastructure to rapidly and securely share information from point to point.”

By connecting to PacketFabric in Sydney, customers will gain instant access to PacketFabric’s widespread US network and beyond. The company operates a multi-terabit footprint that includes more than 150 locations in 20 metro markets in the US, Europe and now the Asia-Pacific area.

Also earlier this year, PacketFabric deployed a PoP at the Phoenix, Arizona flagship data centre of phoenixNAP, to offer its software-defined network platform there. The PoP provides additional access points to PacketFabric’s international network via phoenixNAP’s US data centre network, while phoenixNAP’s customers benefit from greater carrier choice and improved connectivity.

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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