Level 3 connects to five Dublin carrier-neutral data centres

29 Jul 2010

‘Carrier’s carrier’ Level 3 has revealed its new Dublin Tier 1 city-wide network is connected to five carrier-neutral data centres. The company is investing €1m in its expansion in Ireland.

As first reported by Siliconrepublic, the company is investing annually in developing a Metropolitan Area Network in Dublin to connect at least five data centres to serve the growing cluster of internet giants that have set up in Europe’s internet capital.

In addition to the Telecity data centre location on Kingswood Road, which was previously on-net, Level 3 will initially offer wave and IP connectivity to the Level 3 network via 10 Gigabit extensions at the following data centres in Dublin:

·        Eircom, Clonshaugh, Co Dublin

·        Interxion DUB1 data centre, Park West Business Park

·        Interxion DUB2 data centre, Park West Business Park

·        Data Electronics Services, Kilcarbery Business Park

“Telecommunications infrastructure can factor heavily into a company’s decision to locate to or stay within a given city,” said H Paris Burstyn, senior analyst for Wholesale Telecoms at Ovum.

“By aggressively expanding its connectivity in Dublin, Level 3 is positioning itself as a significant global telecoms partner in the city and adding value to Dublin’s economic development proposition.”  

In addition to the five data centres presently connected directly to the Level 3 network in Dublin through this expansion, Level 3 currently expects to connect additional centres in the coming year.

“Dublin is already home to a number of major technology companies with considerable bandwidth and connectivity demands,” said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3.

“When we looked at that demand, combined with the attractive climate in Dublin right now for international businesses, it made sense for Level 3 to substantially increase its presence in the city and offer greater access to our network.”

Level 3’s Dublin metro expansion is the latest in an effort by the company to increase its presence in its current European markets, and invest in greater connectivity and service offerings in new markets.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years