Sea Fibre Networks expands link from Dublin to Frankfurt

18 Feb 2013

Sea Fibre Networks CEO Diane Hodnett at the Digital Ireland Forum in The Dublin Convention Centre last year

Carrier-neutral fibre player Sea Fibre Networks has expanded its reach to Frankfurt, Germany, one of Europe’s major financial hubs.

The company has announced an expansion of its C-Fibre portfolio from the greater Dublin area to Frankfurt, via London.

The carrier-neutral fibre provider now offers an end-to-end fibre solution from Dublin to Frankfurt, which supplies 35pc of European internet traffic. The move follows the company’s recent expansion of its fibre network from Dublin to Manchester and London and subsequently Amsterdam.

It is now a year since Sea Fibre’s cable landed at Porth Darfarch in Wales. The 144-fibre network rolled out by Sea Fibre Networks is aiming to be a game changer, more than doubling the existing data capacity between Ireland and the UK and helping to support the online media explosion.

Having reached an all-time peak of 2.4 terabits per second on 20 January 2013, the Frankfurt Internet Exchange, DE-CIX, is one of the leading exchanges for Central and Eastern Europe. DE-CIX data centre partners include Telehouse, Equinix, Interxion and Level3, making Frankfurt a strategic and highly secure location within Europe’s largest national economy for international corporations with requirements for a well-connected point of presence.

Frankfurt is home to Europe’s largest commercial banks, including the European Central Bank and Germany’s Bundesbank. High Frequency Trading is an important factor in this market that is driven by sophisticated technology that Sea Fibre Networks delivers.

“This new route is key to the expansion plans of Sea Fibre Networks as it looks to create various strategic links across Europe,” Diane Hodnett, CEO of Sea Fibre Networks, explained.

“SFN now connects Dublin, London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt and upon completion of FastnetConnect, will connect Paris on dedicated diverse fibre,” she added.

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