From startup to Fortune 500. Our network can take you virtually anywhere. As we say in our carrier declarations: If you are serious about quality of service, you own your network end to end.
We were the first backbone to offer 100Gb/s connectivity in both Europe and North America. In fact we were one of the first to build our own network
Our logical network, AS 1299, was acquired way back in 1993 and by connecting London to Paris in 1998, our international backbone started to grow. We have expanded (organically) ever since. Today, we operate the #1 global Internet backbone.
When it comes to connectivity, you can never have too much certainty. Which is why we developed our red and blue networks.
This strict separation of two geographically diverse networks delivers 99.999% reliability. And as both the red and blue networks have similar delay performance, delivery doesn’t suffer if one of them goes down.
In contrast to most carriers, we have a high level of PoP diversity. All international gateway PoPs and heavily trafficked cities have a minimum of two identical PoPs, at two different locations, to guarantee performance.
Crossings in the network are, in practice, unavoidable. But we are constantly rebuilding our network to minimize the risks.
Where red-blue can’t be applied, documented standards – aimed at resilience by design – allow for meshing and ring concepts.
Further, we try to double everything that’s feasible, including power, so if something happens it won’t affect our customers. And we are always on the lookout for new ways to improve our entire system.