Exa increases the network speed of the old GTT to 400 Gbps

The upgrade includes the old Interoute network from Chicago and Toronto in the west to Bucharest and Sofia in the east – see map.

Steve Roberts, Exa’s Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing, said, “Our customers’ demand continues to grow to carry more data, at higher speeds and with greater efficiency, particularly for data center to data center connectivity. »

Exa Infrastructure will initially enable 65,000 km of its network footprint to support 400G, including two transatlantic cables, which equates to over 3,000 possible route combinations. 400G wavelengths are available from Exa with immediate effect, with further routes and points of presence to be added over the next 12 months.

CEO Martijn Blanken said Ability the last month that the company operates “105,000 route-km ​​of fiber and 2.9 million km of fiber strands”.

Roberts explained that 400G interfaces answer the call for more data at higher speeds, “with 75% reduction in patch costs and 75% less QSFP [quad small form factor pluggable] plug-in modules required, resulting in simplified service delivery and reduced power consumption. This is the first of many steps we intend to take to invest in network capacity and reach. »

Exa Infrastructure is the name chosen by US investor I Squared Capital when it took over the infrastructure division of GTT Communications in September for $2.15 billion, after 11 months of negotiations.

This is the first major infrastructure investment to be announced since the deal, although Blanken spoke to Ability on expanding company footprint.

Roberts, who was previously Interoute’s Vice President of Connectivity Products, said: “400G is the next step in high capacity bandwidth technology, and by bringing it to our network, we can now look to make a substantial leap forward in the bandwidth density and service speed we offer.

Exa said that as large-scale network users, large enterprises, telecom operators and governments seek to use ever-increasing amounts of bandwidth, the move from 100G to 400G is both a significant step forward. in capacity and allows it to offer wider wavelength options to customers. .

Kevin M. Risinger