Viatel invests in major upgrade of pan-European infrastructure

8 Dec 2014

Dublin-headquartered European telecoms company Viatel is committing to investing in infrastructure across five European countries that connect to its 8,500km fibre network.

The investment comes on the heels of Viatel’s commitment to a €125m expansion plan that will include jobs, acquisitions and the extension of its fibre infrastructure, cloud services and data centres.

The investment plan is being supported by Viatel’s funding partner Proventus Capital.

Viatel connects more than 150 data centres and thousands of multinationals across Western Europe.

“This capital investment and the introduction of exciting new services in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and Switzerland greatly enhances the IP capabilities of Viatel,” explained Viatel’s CEO Colm Piercy.

“This type of investment is part of a Europe-wide strategy for Viatel to become the telecommunications provider of choice for wholesale and enterprise customers seeking pan-European connectivity.” 

This investment in capital projects, such as Viatel’s fibre infrastructure, cloud services and data connectivity, will lead to the provision of enhanced services for new and existing Viatel customers in Ireland, the UK and throughout Europe. 

Joining the digital dots on the map of Europe

The enhanced services from Viatel include an extension of MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) capabilities into new key markets following the initial deployment in France and the United Kingdom.

Colm Piercy, CEO, Viatel

These MPLS facilities enable Viatel to create bespoke Wide Area Networks (WANs) between sites in multiple locations and countries for individual customers.

In addition to these services, IP Transit and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) will also become available in Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Zurich for Viatel customers.

In a significant move, Viatel engineers have built infrastructure to close the network loop from Milan to Marseille.

This new piece of network enables Viatel to provide diverse, as well as protected, wavelength services with speeds of up to 100G out of Milan and Marseille. From a geographical perspective, Marseille is strategically important for communications into and out of Europe from Africa, the Far East and Asia.

The new infrastructure will enable Viatel customers to choose from a protected range of routes to all strategic cities across the Viatel footprint, including Dublin, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

“These new infrastructural additions to the Viatel pan-European network will help to create new commercial opportunities for our company,” Piercy added.

“This is designed to position Viatel at the heart of Europe’s dynamic telecommunications network. We expect in the short to medium term that Viatel will continue to roll out additional services across the eight countries that we operate in, while providing end-to-end connectivity for the thousands of enterprise and wholesale customers who rely on Viatel’s network throughout Europe to support their mission-critical data and applications.”

Viatel remains focused on its growth plans across the eight European countries where it operates, while in tandem being ready to expand into new markets as opportunities arise, Piercy added.

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