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Telia Carrier has extended its partnership with Flexential, a provider of data center colocation, cloud and connectivity launching a new Point of Presence (PoP) at Flexential’s Aurora Colorado location. The partnership will allow Flexential’s customers to take advantage of Telia Carrier’s fiber backbone and connectivity providing cloud, application, content providers and Enterprise customers with new diverse routes and capacity at Terabit scale.

The partnership and expansion allow existing Flexential customers in the region access to a new Telia Carrier route. This route provides a direct path from Denver to Omaha, Des Moines and Chicago, which bypasses carrier hotels, saving expense and reducing latency. The path adds diversity and redundancy to existing fiber pathways, enhancing connectivity and delivering Telia Carrier’s signature levels of low latency and high availability.

In addition, Telia Carrier has added another new diverse and latency-optimized DWDM route in the U.S., between Chicago and Denver via Des Moines, IA and Omaha, NE. The expansion is part of the company’s ongoing organic buildout of its North American network and commitment to provide customers both direct and diverse route options. The project also includes new metro ring overbuild networks in Chicago connecting the O’Hare area, where there are dozens of data centers nearby, proceeding directly to Des Moines and Omaha and then on to Denver with metro overbuild in the Tech Center area.

According to the Silicon Prairie News, the American heartland has quietly been cementing its place in the technology world with three tech hubs that make up the Silicon Prairie: Des Moines, IA; Omaha, NE and Kansas City, Mo., are experiencing rapid growth in the tech sector. From Des Moines and Omaha, new regional cloud and content data center deployments and emerging startups have triggered a tech revolution, building out operations and manufacturing in the region.  

“Customers that are flooding the region demand more diversity in routes and connectivity options. Diversity protects against interruptions in service, which is essential to customer experience in today’s competitive markets. Our new expansion in the region offers flexibility, gives customers access to shorter routes, and lays the foundation for future route expansion in North America,” said Art Kazmierczak, Telia Carrier’s Director of Business and Network Development. “We’re committed to the needs of our customers, delivering new diverse routes between major hubs; and connectivity at-scale in edge markets along those routes. These new network buildouts position Telia Carrier as a preferred provider for diversity with an extensive footprint serving America’s heartland.”

Telia Carrier’s latest build-out addresses growing demand for high-capacity services from customers in the region that need direct access to reliable internet connectivity as well as local connectivity to cloud providers. 

The new diverse East-West route delivers the capacity to content, application, and cloud providers and underserved populations in the region to bring connectivity to rural communities, particularly in the Midwest. 

Telia Carrier ‘Silicon Prairie’ network build includes existing infrastructure and new options to connect key locations:

  • Two new metro ring network overbuilds in Chicago and Denver. 
  • A new core PoP in Chicago near O’Hare airport, serving the data center cluster there. 
  • A new core PoP in Denver in the Tech Center area, serving the data centers there.
  • A new unique long-haul route, from Denver to Chicago that bypasses downtown Chicago and downtown Denver to directly connect data center hubs.
  • The addition of a new PoP in Des Moines serving regional demand in Iowa
  • New DWDM services connecting the Farnham data center in Omaha, driven by a strong history of regional demand for Telia Carrier IP services.

“By combining our strength in infrastructure and existing backbone technology with Telia Carrier’s global reach, we are able to offer customers in the Denver metro area connections outside the region via a diverse route at a lower cost and without reliance on a downtown carrier hotel,” said Ryan Mallory, COO Colocation and Interconnection, Flexential. “This new fiber route will drive significant reductions in latency and expanded interconnection options that are typically not available in a primarily rural area. We look forward to the continued growth of our long-term partnership with Telia Carrier.”

“Telia Carrier is excited to provide unique, diverse connectivity options supporting the demand to connect major markets and enable regional edge performance at scale,” said Art Kazmierczak, Director of Business and Network Development, Telia Carrier. “We are excited to continue to grow the local ecosystem connectivity working with Flexential and our AS1299 internet backbone providing a trusted customer experience to application, cloud and content performance. The new connectivity enabled by Telia Carrier, makes Flexential’s Denver presence an ideal fit for large enterprises seeking direct access to private cloud, hyperscale content or live video collaboration with a cost-effective, high-quality interconnection.”

Businesses in Denver and the Aurora area of Colorado can now take advantage of Telia Carrier’s 400G, 100G and 10G Wavelength services in addition to their number one ranked global backbone.

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