Telia Carrier builds out Southeast U.S. fiber-optic network

July 21, 2020
In particular, the company has expanded its fiber backbone to connect Dallas on a new diverse east-west route via Memphis to Nashville.

Telia Carrier says it has expanded its Southeast U.S fiber-optic network footprint. The new fiber routes, which the fiber-optic network services provider asserts are “diverse and latency-optimized” connect Telia Carrier’s presences in Dallas, TX; Ashburn, VA; and Atlanta, GA. In particular, the company has expanded its fiber backbone to connect Dallas on a new diverse east-west route via Memphis to Nashville.

The new routes complement Telia Carrier’s previously announced route from Ashburn via Chattanooga to Atlanta (see "Telia Carrier adds new fiber network route, terabit PoP"). The new infrastructure, which is capable of providing terabit-scale capacity, included three routes:

  • Dallas to Ashburn (via Nashville/Chattanooga)
  • Dallas to Chicago (via Nashville/Indianapolis)
  • Dallas to Atlanta (via Nashville/Chattanooga).

Telia Carrier expects the new routes to appeal to content, application, and cloud providers and underserved populations in the region by leveraging new fiber that was already laid as part of focused efforts to bring connectivity to rural communities. The infrastructure leverages what the company described as “the latest generation of high-capacity enhanced-reach coherent DWDM technology and an open photonic layer.” Telia Carrier says it also has invested in metro network infrastructure to provide access to additional data centers in the Dallas area.

“We consistently hear from our customers that they need more diversity in routes between major markets. This protects against interruptions in service, which is essential to customer experience in today’s competitive markets. This new expansion offers flexibility on several levels and lays the groundwork for future route investments in North America,” said Art Kazmierczak, Telia Carrier’s Director of Business and Network Development. “We’re committed to the needs of our customers, so continuing our program of adding new routes between Tier 1 cities and providing connectivity at scale in Tier 2-3 edge markets along those routes is key to that strategy.”

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