Telia Carrier bolsters its U.S. network with new DWDM fiber route

Telia Carrier has added a new route between its existing infrastructure in Ashburn, Virginia and Atlanta in order to better serve its data center customers.

Telia Carrier's Art Kazmierczak, director of network and business development, said his company expanded its fiber backbone between Northern Virginia and Atlanta to provision "non NFL" cities in the region.

The new western route travels through Charlottesville and Roanoke in Virgina, Knoxville and Chattanooga in Tennessee, with routing options to either Nashville, Tennessee, or Atlanta where it connects into Telia Carrier's existing system.

Kazmierczak said Telia Carrier, one of the world's largest backbone providers, focused on offering a diverse route on new fiber for its latency-optimized Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) route. In addition to serving Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities, the new route also offers another path out of Northern Virginia for the hyperscale cloud providers.

"This is a carefully chosen route for us," Kazmierczak said. "It helps serve the huge demand that's growing out of Northern Virginia. Not only do you have a ton of data centers in Ashburn, but also in Reston and in Manassas. There are a lot of large data center tenants looking for multiple diverse routes out of that market.

"It's actually put together from dark fiber assets of recent builds either for mobility, the tower small cell sites, or for other initiatives around education or reaching underserved or rural areas. So it's fairly new fiber, which is great because it allows us to leverage the latest generation, coherent DWDM systems and get optimized reach with very high capacity levels."

With the new route, Telia Carrier now has three north/south routes for its customers along the East Coast. In addition to the new route, Kazmierczak said Telia Carrier has also invested in metro network fiber rings to provide more access to data centers in Ashburn, Reston and Atlanta.

Telia Carrier also announced on Tuesday that it has deployed a new network point-of-presence (PoP) in NJFX's New Jersey facility. NJFX is the only cable landing station (CLS) colocation campus the U.S. that offers Tier 3 carrier-neutral data center capabilities. Telia Carrier's new PoP will deliver multi-terabit capacity to the NJFX's cable landing station.

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By using the Havfrue/AEC2 subsea cable system located at NJFX, Telia Carrier customers can now reach Denmark directly, transit the Nordics, Baltics, and access four fiber routes going into Russia. Organizations located at NJFX can now access the Seabras cable system with direct routes into South America, which is ideal for LATAM customers looking for network diversity, terrestrial extensions and IP connectivity.

“We designed our architecture at NJFX to support high capacity and huge demand ahead for expanded network reach and resiliency,” said Staffan Göjeryd, CEO, Telia Carrier, in a statement. “At the NJFX CLS, we offer maximum flexibility and extensions into the rest of the Telia Carrier global network and tying it into the recently announced expansion of the East Coast corridor where we added two new routes between New Jersey and Northern Virginia.”