Arelion expands Gulf Coast network

May 14, 2024
The service provider adds two new routes from Jacksonville to Atlanta and Tallahassee to serve the flourishing data center market.

Arelion has lit two multi-terabit capacity, low-latency routes from Jacksonville, FL to Atlanta, GA, and from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, as well as an overbuild from Miami along Florida’s west coast up to Atlanta, a move that further solidifies its Gulf Coast network presence.

These new routes enable Arelion to provide fully diverse connectivity services from Jacksonville to Atlanta via two direct routes.

Data center connections

Arelion will enhance its presence in several vital data center sites within these routes. 

The new routes run from Jacksonville (Cologix-JAX1) to Atlanta (Equinix-AT1) and from Jacksonville (Cologix-JAX1) to Tallahassee (EdgeConnex-TAL01). Arelion’s overbuild route enhances capacity and meshing from Atlanta (Digital Realty-ATL14) to Tallahassee (EdgeConnex-TAL01), continuing via Tampa (365 Data Centers) down to Miami (Equinix-MI1).

Additional metro sites in Jacksonville include Telxius CLS and EdgeConnex. Through this build, Arelion establishes a foothold in Tallahassee, a new market, providing a local edge Point-of-Presence (PoP) and meshing/routing flexibility in the region.

Other metro sites in Tampa include the recently announced Flexential Tampa - North site. Arelion now has four diverse route options into Jacksonville and six diverse route options into Atlanta, with these two new routes going live in the third quarter of 2024.

The new routes enhance Arelion’s capability to serve local traffic while supporting subsea traffic flows into Atlanta from the Caribbean, Central America and South America through subsea cables landing in Jacksonville, continuing the global Internet carrier’s Gulf Coast network expansion.

Focus on Atlanta

One of the critical advantages of Arelion’s new routes is their proximity to Atlanta, a city that has emerged as the sixth-largest market for commissioned data center power. This strategic location and ample land and power make Atlanta an ideal growth pathway for hyperscale operators.

Arelion’s new routes leverage the latest-generation open optical line systems supporting C+L Band, sixth-generation coherent optics, and multi-vendor 400G wave capability, giving Arelion’s wholesale and enterprise customers high-capacity optical transmission and fast service delivery.

These routes will serve Atlanta’s booming data center market and growing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) applications. These routes connect to Arelion’s diverse suburban ring to enhance metro connectivity in Atlanta, enabling Arelion to meet the demand for high-capacity bandwidth in Atlanta’s regional technology markets.

“By providing additional meshing and diversity into Atlanta, we can serve the connectivity requirements of local enterprises while supporting subsea traffic from Jacksonville and other Florida edge markets and sea cable landings, enabling low-latency cloud, content and AI/ML delivery across diverse industries,” said Art Kazmierczak, director of strategic sales and network development at Arelion.

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