Europe-based colocation data centre services provider Interxion and Colt Technology Services said that they are partnering to build a new point of presence (PoP) at the MRS2 Interxion data centre in Paris. This is Colt's second PoP within Interxion's Marseille campus. MRS2, which will offer 4,300 sqm of equipped space when fully built out, is part of Interxion's growing campus in Marseille.
This will provide Colt's customers with flexibility and diversity of routes for connecting to its bandwidth optical Colt IQ Network. With the diversity of routes that this PoP allows, customers will benefit from greater resilience and improved level of services. Leveraging the existing Colt-owned metro fibre network in Marseille, this new PoP will enable direct interconnections from the submarine cables to Colt's multi-terabit optical backbone network and give immediate access to over 100 top European peering points and carrier-neutral data centres. In addition, Colt provides connectivity to over 40 Interxion data centres across Europe, including its campuses in Paris, London and Frankfurt, said company.
Marseille has a strategically important geographical position with the landing of 13 major submarine cables and plays the role of a gateway between Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Moreover, Interxion's Marseille campus is a connectivity hub with a growing carrier community counting more than 130 connectivity providers and is also becoming a significant content hub with an increasing digital media and cloud community.
Internet traffic in the Middle East and Africa is set to grow six-fold by 2020 to 10.9 Exabytes per month. Traffic in Asia Pacific is forecast to grow three-fold to 67.8 Exabytes per month over the same period. By expanding its network footprint in Marseille to connect MRS2, Colt will further enhance its ability to address customer demand for high bandwidth services between Europe and Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, which transit through Interxion's Marseille campus.
“At Colt, we focus on deploying the Colt IQ Network in strategic locations, where high bandwidth demand is important. By extending scalable connectivity to Interxion MRS2, we further illustrate that the company is Europe's most extensive fibre network provider,” said Andrew Edison, Vice President, Wholesale at Colt.
“Our investment in the MRS2 PoP, in Marseille, reinforces Colt's growing relationship with Interxion. Colt continues its momentum of providing a superior customer experience by connecting our customers to key data centres and digital hubs, said Edison.
“We share with Colt a common view about Marseille and its key role as a global digital and connectivity hub to connect the FLAP markets (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam, Paris) with Africa, the Middle East and Asia. With our second data centre in Marseille, MRS2, we are happy to provide Colt with diversity of routes, improved resilience and enhanced levels of service for its customers. Contributing to the expansion of major carriers like Colt is a key component of Interxion's DNA,” said Fabrice Coquio, managing director of Interxion France.