EdgeConneX enhances edge reach with Barcelona cable landing connection, joins EUDCA board

EdgeConneX enhances edge reach with Barcelona cable landing connection, joins EUDCA board

EdgeConneX, a data center solutions provider, has connected its Sant Boi de Llobregat data center in Barcelona, Spain, to the AFR-IX Barcelona Cable Landing Station (CLS), providing an entry and exit point between Barcelona, Europe, Africa and the rest of the world.

“The Barcelona CLS connection enables EdgeConneX customers to access new international routes through the submarine cables hosted by the AFR-IX Barcelona CLS,” says Bart Verdouw, the senior director of solutions architecture EMEA at EdgeConneX.

“Importantly, the connection also enables alternative routes to EdgeConneX data centers throughout Europe, including Dublin, Brussels, Amsterdam and Munich.”

The 9MW EdgeConneX carrier-neutral data center in Barcelona opened in 2021, offering secure server colocation, cloud and content access in a carbon-neutral facility that utilizes renewable energy. EdgeConneX says it strives to bring the edge closer to customers, focusing on areas with growth potential.

“The connection between EdgeConneX and Barcelona CLS will be beneficial for both companies and will improve the digital economy, not only in this region, but across Europe and Africa,” says Miguel Angel Acero, the CTO of Barcelona CLS and AFR-IX telecom.

EdgeConneX becomes a EUDCA board member and strategic contributor

EdgeConneX has joined the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA), a not-for-profit industry association, as a strategic contributor and board member. The EUDCA shapes policy positions around data center builds and other relevant legislative matters.

“We are honored to be a part of this vital organization and are committed to working with other EUDCA members to positively shape the future of our industry,” states Dick Theunissen, the managing director of EMEA at EdgeConneX. “The EU has been diligent in developing new policies around energy and environment, cyber and physical security, and broader digital issues.”

The European Commission invites stakeholders to provide input during policy-drafting consultations, which the EUDCA identifies and screens. This allows member companies to participate in the collaborative process, bringing their expertise directly to the policy table.

“Operator input is invaluable to our work and advocacy. EdgeConneX and its team bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and best practices, building and operating data centers across the EU and globally,” says Michael Winterson, the chairperson of the European Data Centre Association (EUDCA) and managing director of Equinix Services Ltd.

EdgeConneX Associate Membership provides access to the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact Working Group, voting rights on the Policy & Technical Committees and a chance to shape policies by participating in EU consultations and meetings with key stakeholders.

Last autumn, EdgeConneX announced the acquisition of $150 million in sustainability-linked financing. The company said this backing helped to refinance current debt and foster its expansion into Latin America while reinforcing its dedication to environmental efforts.

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