PCCW GLOBAL will locate their Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) subsea cable system’s termination and interconnection equipment in Interxion’s MRS2 colocation data center in Marseille, France. The collaboration would enable low-latency access to over 160 connectivity providers along with multiple content, cloud, gaming and video streaming platforms.

The high-speed, 15,000km PEACE subsea cable system would offer high capacity, low-latency routes connecting China, Europe and Africa. In addition to France, the cable will land in Malta, Cyprus, Egypt, Djibouti, Kenya, Pakistan and other countries and regions with onward terrestrial connectivity to China

The PEACE cable will be the fifthteenth subsea cable system to land in Marseille. The collaboration would represent a strategic expansion of both Digital Realty’s global infrastructure solution, PlatformDIGITAL, and Console Connect, PCCW Global’s Software Defined Interconnection platform. Both platforms would enable new and existing customers to deploy and manage hybrid IT services quickly and efficiently.

“Selecting the right colocation data center in Europe for the PEACE subsea cable to interconnect with is a critical component to ensure the project’s commercial success,” said Sun Xiaohua, Chief Operating Officer of the PEACE Cable International Network. “We know that with Interxion we have made the right strategic decision.”

The PEACE system will provide one of the most direct, high-capacity routes from Asia to Europe. These features, combined with low latency, can be vitally important for a wide array of commercial and consumer applications. Moreover, PEACE would deploy a state-of-the-art ‘system within a system’ configuration that gives each party the required flexibility to design its own subsystem with reconfigurable bandwidth for different points over the lifetime of the cable.

“Interxion’s fluid interconnection environment in Marseille enables the PEACE subsea cable to efficiently service the needs of the vibrant community of interest on the campus, while extending the system’s reach to additional markets such as Frankfurt and Paris,” said Sameh Sobhy, Managing Director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at PCCW Global.

Internet Traffic between Europe, Africa and Asia

Photo Mike Hollands, Senior Director, Market Development at Interxion
“The PEACE cable is well placed to meet the burgeoning exchange of data and video traffic between Europe, Africa and Asia,” said Mike Hollands, Senior Director, Market Development at Interxion.

“This collaboration with PEACE and PCCW Global not only solidifies Marseille’s future as an intercontinental hub with access to state-of-the-art communication services,” said Mike Hollands, Senior Director, Market Development at Interxion. “It also affords Interxion’s global customer base entry into new markets and the ability to connect their often geographically dispersed infrastructure in close proximity to the connected community via PlatformDIGITAL. The PEACE cable is well placed to meet the burgeoning exchange of data and video traffic between Europe, Africa and Asia, enabling enterprises to extend their global workflows and efficiently execute their digital transformation strategies.”

With more than 700 connectivity providers in over 100 colocation data centers across 13 European countries, Interxion provides communities of connectivity, cloud and content hubs. As part of Digital Realty, colocation clients have access to 49 metros across six continents.

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