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TeliaSonera boosts capacity for data centers in The Node Pole

May 30th, 2014   Press release


On Wednesday, Sweden’s main telecom operator TeliaSonera announced it will lay down more than a thousand kilometers of new fiber cable through the north of Sweden to boost capacity for its long-haul network in the region. The company cites the region’s growing data center industry as a major driver.

“We are now investing around EUR 40 million in our Swedish long-haul network, extending the backbone of internet infrastructure in Europe. The new fiber cable, more than a thousand kilometers long, will add vital capacity and improve redundancy for network traffic generated by the region’s data centers en route to the continent”, says Malin Frenning, Executive Vice President and Head of TeliaSonera Sweden.

Mrs. Frenning continues: “We believe this investment is essential to our customers in the global online industry that trusts us to provide a reliable connection for its internet traffic to ensure the end user experience.”

According to TeliaSonera the investment is expected to benefit the flourishing ICT-industry in the northern region of Sweden and especially the city of Luleå, where several data centers are located. The cable will also enable further role out of local fiber and mobile networks along its route.

“This is great news for our existing data centers such as Facebook, KnC Miner, Hydro 66, Swedish Customs, Fortlax, and Metria and it further strengthens the investment case for those currently site selecting in our region.” says Erik Lundström, CEO of The Node Pole. He continues “We have a close cooperation with TeliaSonera and are very happy to see them further invest in northern Sweden and our growing digital industry. By locating in The Node Pole data centers can reduce its environmental impact as well as improve efficiency.”

This is confirmed by Sven Grundberg in the Wall Street Journal Blog Digits who writes “Northern Scandinavia, with its low temperatures, has found a niche for itself, as large internet giants struggle to cut the cost of keeping data servers cool”.