Arelion expands Gulf Coast network

Created May 20, 2024
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Arelion has launched two multi-terabit capacity, low-latency routes from Jacksonville, FL to Atlanta, GA and from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, as well as an overbuild from Miami along Florida’s west coast up to Atlanta. The company says the new routes enable it to provide fully diverse connectivity services from Jacksonville to Atlanta via two direct routes. Arelion’s new routes enhance its capability to serve local traffic while also supporting subsea traffic flows into Atlanta from the Caribbean, Central America and South America through subsea cables landing in Jacksonville, continuing the global Internet carrier’s Gulf Coast network expansion.

Arelion’s new routes leverage the latest generation open optical line systems supporting C+L Band, sixth-generation coherent optics and multi-vendor 400G wave capability, empowering Arelion’s wholesale and enterprise customers with high-capacity optical transmission and fast service delivery. These routes will serve Atlanta’s booming data centre market and growing AI and ML applications, with Atlanta ranking as the sixth largest market for commissioned data centre power.

In July 2023, Arelion upgraded its existing Infinera FlexILS flexible-grid line system to support the L-band on a high-traffic route from Ashburn, VA to Atlanta. The upgrade doubled capacity per fibre pair, marking Arelion’s first route with active L-band capacity in service.

“These new investments in Georgia and Florida allow Arelion to serve the immense demand for reliable connectivity services and tremendous capacity amid Atlanta’s data centre boom,” said Art Kazmierczak, director of Strategic Sales and Network Development at Arelion. “By providing additional meshing and diversity into Atlanta, we can serve the connectivity requirements of local enterprises while supporting subsea traffic from Jacksonville and other Florida edge markets and sea cable landings, enabling low-latency cloud, content and AI/ML delivery across diverse industries.”

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.