EXA Infrastructure anchors network investment in Barcelona leading the industry interconnectivity and regional economic growth


EXA Infrastructure, the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, today announced it has committed €39 million of network investments to date in supercharging its digital infrastructure assets in the Iberian Peninsula, serving the growing traffic demands entering the Iberian Peninsula.

EXA continues to invest and is at the forefront of enabling its customers by diversifying its network to create and service traffic demands in and out of southern Europe. It has upgraded 100km of metro network in Barcelona, connecting a number of new datacentres and the Barcelona Cable Landing Station linking InterXion, Equinix, Edged Energy and EdgeConnex.

Steve Roberts explaining the investments in Spain

“EXA’s investment plans are strategically driven to support the growth of our customers, the industry and for the local economy. Barcelona is increasingly becoming a hot spot of subsea and data centre activity, and is ideally located to serve our customers’ requirements for resilient connectivity to other data centres and cable landing stations across the Iberian Peninsula,” EXA Infrastructure VP Network Investment, Steve Roberts said.

The digital ecosystem of Spain is expanding significantly with hyperscale data centre developments, appetite from cloud service providers and the surge of data centres. Barcelona is fast becoming a thriving interconnection point, attracting an increasing number of tech and data-intensive companies, due to its strategic location between Africa, the Middle East and Asia and Europe. The Catalonian city has increased its international internet bandwidth at a compound annual growth rate of 35%, placing it at the top of southern Europe, according to a 2021 report by TeleGeography.

“The exponential growth we are seeing across the Iberian Peninsula is driving greater economic growth and investment in and around Barcelona. We are extremely proud of the investment EXA Infrastructure is making in this region and the growth that will continue in years to come,” said Miguel Ángel Acero, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder at AFR-IX.

“EXA is preparing for even more growth and demand coming in and out of Barcelona and the Iberian Peninsula as a whole. We are proud to be driving the connectivity diversification by expanding our footprint and taking strong routes to market for our customers and the industry. Our business is built on investing and growing to champion our customers and importantly the regional economic growth across Spain,” EXA Infrastructure Chief Operating Officer, Ciaran Delaney said. “As a dedicated operator of hyper scale digital infrastructure we are continually developing the reach of our footprint.”

EXA owns and operates 114,000 kilometres of fibre network across 34 countries. Last year, EXA announced a new 600-kilometre network link between Barcelona, Zaragoza and Bilbao, linking data centre clusters that are growing in all three cities. This is in addition to enhancements to metropolitan fibre in the Barcelona and Madrid areas, and around 1000km of network over-pull upgrades  that are currently underway.

Roberts added: “Our focus and commitment on transport to high growth cable landing stations and data centres means  our customers can be guaranteed the most modern and most reliable connectivity options on Europe’s leading fibre network.”


About EXA Infrastructure

Headquartered in London, UK, EXA Infrastructure is the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, and owns 114,000 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.

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