Arelion opens two fiber network routes between the U.S. and Mexico

Nov. 15, 2022
The fiber links leverage open optical line systems as well as the Acacia Communications Bright ZR+ disaggregated pluggable optics that Arelion recently field trialed in Europe.

Fiber-optic network connectivity provider Arelion (formerly Telia Carrier) says it has launched a pair of new, fully diverse fiber routes between the U.S. and Monterrey, Mexico. The fiber links leverage open optical line systems as well as the Acacia Communications Bright ZR+ disaggregated pluggable optics that Arelion recently field trialed in Europe (see “Arelion conducts multivendor Routed Optical Networking field trials”). The pluggable coherent transceivers will support 400G wavelength transmission.

Arelion says it will offer end-to-end sales, delivery, and ongoing operation and support for customers using the new routes. The service provider expects the new DWDM routes to prove attractive as region’s demand for scalable, high-capacity bandwidth transport rises alongside requirements for simplified access to Mexico’s local markets for over-the-top (OTT) service providers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Mexican businesses looking for connectivity to multiple U.S. markets should find the routes appealing as well, Arelion adds.

“Legacy routes in the region cannot handle Mexico’s increased demand for cost-effective, multi-terabit bandwidth and diverse routing options,” asserted Luis Velasquez, Mexico business manager at Arelion. “Arelion is a single supplier that can provide a ‘one-stop shop’ experience for carriers, OTTs, and internet service providers in Mexico that need high quality of service and assured connection speed.”

The new routes connect Arelion’s points of presence (PoPs) in McAllen, TX (MDC – MCA2), to Monterrey (Equinix MO1) and Laredo (VTX) to Monterrey (Neutral Networks Pabellón M). Arelion currently supports seven PoPs in the Mexican region, including two PoPs in Querétaro that serve Equinix’s MX1 and KIO Networks’ QRO sites, with two more in Mexico City serving KIO’s MEX2 and MEX5 data centers. The company also recently established a PoP in Mérida this quarter that serves AiTelecom. Arelion adds that it has plans for further expansion as well.

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