EXA Infrastructure amplifies position as industry leader by committing €210 million to expanding and enhancing its network

15/05/2023

EXA Infrastructure, the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, today announced it has committed a total of €210 million towards network investment since launching in September 2021. EXA continues to expand and enhance its network and is committed to being the industry trailblazer by building the connectivity that underpins the digital economy.

In 2023, EXA’s capex investment will continue to grow, with 20 approved investment projects which encompasses 10,940kms of new footprint, increasing EXA’s network size to 125,000 kms. EXA’s investment focus is all about serving the needs of new and existing customers, and providing high quality, reliable and scalable infrastructure.

EXA Infrastructure Chief Executive, Martijn Blanken said: “Providing mission critical connectivity to our customers and leading the investment across the industry is not only powered by the demand in data traffic we are seeing but in ensuring we become the undisputed data centre to data centre connectivity provider. Our intention is to continue to expand our capabilities strategically as a focussed partner and infrastructure provider for our customers.”

EXA is leading the way in terms of large-scale network expansion projects, further diversifying network routes, ensuring customer requirements for resilient connectivity between data centres and cable landing stations.

As a dedicated owner and operator of digital infrastructure, EXA is not only investing in its network expansion but also improving performance and capability by implementing the latest innovations in the optical layer, passing these enhancements and improvements directly to our customer base. EXA’s 2023 committed projects include:

  • Extensive investment in the Trans Adriatic Express, and the wider Balkans region including Greece, Crete, Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia (5920km)
  • Cable upgrades and new subsea routes connecting London to Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris (1911km)
  • A 345-kilometre upgrade to existing network between Bari and Crotone in southern Italy, to boost terrestrial backhaul to and from the IONIAN subsea cable linking Crotone to Preveza, Greece
  • New North Balkans cable route from Salzburg to Belgrade (1004km), with a branch to the Italian border to connect through to Milan
  • Backbone extension to Lisbon and Sines (1950km)
  • New cable route between Paris and Marseille via Lyon (980km)
  • New cable route connecting Bilbao to Barcelona via Zaragoza (600km)
  • New cable route between Milan and Zurich (311km)
  • Multiple backbone and metro upgrades including over 4000km of backbone network overpulls, and investment in new metro cables in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome
  • 32 new carrier neutral data centre connections

Blanken added: “EXA’s ambitious growth strategy was set out at launch and I am pleased to confirm we are delivering on this plan.”

 

About EXA Infrastructure

Headquartered in London, UK, EXA Infrastructure is the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, and owns 125,000 kilometres of fibre network across 34 countries. EXA’s network connects 300 cities and offers 13 Tier 3-equivalent data centres, with sub-sea routes that include three transatlantic cables, one the lowest latency link between Europe and North America. EXA is wholly-owned by I Squared Capital. For more information, see exainfra.net

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