Telia Carrier said that it has established its first point of presence (PoP) in Belgrade, Serbia to provide the area's customers with a direct link to the Telia Carrier backbone. Serving as a connectivity hub for surrounding countries to advance the availability of high-speed IP transit, cloud connect, Ethernet, and IPX services, the PoP will also offer a transport interconnection point for international customers that need dedicated connectivity to Serbia.
Previously, customers had to access the TeliaCarrier backbone through Budapest, Frankfurt, or Vienna. With the network expansion, backhaul to locations outside the country will not be necessary, performance and bandwidth levels will improve, and latency will be reduced, Telia Carrier asserts. The PoP also will advance local 4G/5G mobile data service delivery, Telia Carrier believes.
"We are constantly looking to meet customer demand for access to our backbone," said Said Henrik Almroth, Telia Carrier sales director. "The appetite for online services, in both a business and consumer context, has reached a point in Serbia where we saw a compelling need to expand our network into the region. Many of the world's leading telcos, cloud, and content providers already connect directly to the Telia Carrier backbone and this expansion brings our customers in Serbia and the surrounding countries ever closer to the content and services they need."
In June of last year, Telia Carrier expanded its presence in North America with the opening of two PoPs in the area around Portland, OR (see "Telia Carrier establishes PoPs in Portland, OR"). Earlier this year, the company established its first Mexican PoP in Queretaro, a city north of Mexico City that is a key center for industrial growth and content provider data center deployments (see "Telia Carrier establishes PoP in city of Queretaro to connect Mexican providers to AS1299 backbone").
Telia Carrier asserts that it is the first network to successfully transmit 1 Tbps in superchannels on its U.S. network, and its global fiber backbone was the first to be 100G-enabled in both Europe and North America.
According to Dyn Research's global backbone rankings, Telia Carrier's global IP backbone, AS1299, is currently ranked number one. The service provider enables global connectivity by linking over 230 PoPs throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East, including more than 80 PoPs in North America.
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