Racal Telecom has announced plans to install a 25 kilometre fibre optic ring around London's Docklands, in a bid to win new business from carriers and ISPs looking to access Telehouse and London Internet interconnection centres.
The fibre optic ring will be fully operational later this month.
The expansion will support the delivery of transatlantic traffic to new carrier hubs, including Telehouse 2000, Telecity and London Switch, which are being established in Docklands.
The Docklands ring will be linked to Racal's existing 40Gbps network between its London nodes and the Cornish cable landing station, as well as Racal's UK network.
As a result, Racal will be able to increase the capacity of existing access links between its London facilities and Telehouse.
Racal Telecom's international carrier services director Trent Holmes claimed the facility would provide ISPs with a flexible alternative for trunk capacity interconnection.
Rather than installing their own interconnect equipment at Internet hubs, carriers will be able to access Racal's facilities across 155Gbps broadband circuits.
"This facility will make a major contribution to overcoming the technical complexities and costs that face every overseas carrier seeking a presence in the deregulated UK market," Holmes said.
Racal infrastructure services manager Charles Devereaux said it had needed to offer a high capacity link to Telehouse in order to maintain its position as a leading supplier to secondary carriers.
Racal was growing aggressively and would market the service to new and existing customers, Devereaux said.
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