Telia Carrier Owner/Operator of One of the World's Most Extensive Fiber Backbones Enters Montreal with Metro Optic, a North American Opportunity for European Companies

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Montreal is uniquely positioned as a key aggregation point for international traffic from Europe and the U.S. as key transatlantic cable landing points are situated in Atlantic Canada.

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We are proud to partner with Telia Carrier which re-inforces the strategic importance of Montreal as a critical telecom hub between North America and Europe.

Metro Optic, a leading high-speed connectivity provider in Montreal, is pleased to announce that Telia Carrier has established its first significant presence in Montreal at Metro Optic’s interconnection hub at 875 St. Antoine. Telia Carrier owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber backbones and according to Dyn Research’s global backbone rankings, AS1299, Telia Carrier’s global IP backbone is currently ranked top two. Telia Carrier’s rapid growth and ascension through the rankings was recently highlighted in Dyn’s ‘Baker’s Dozen’.

“We are proud to partner with Telia Carrier which re-inforces the strategic importance of Montreal as a critical telecom hub between North America and Europe,” said Michael Bucheit, CEO of Metro Optic.

Telia Carrier will offer wholesale IP transit, Ethernet and IPX services for carriers, content and cloud providers. It will join a network of 30+ domestic and international carriers at the fiber-densest site in Montreal.

Note the associated release from our partner Telia Carrier.

As one of the leading providers of 100G services, Telia Carrier enables Montreal customers to connect to its AS1299 fiber optic backbone, one of the largest in the world, at the highest speeds available in the region. Montreal is a major media hub for the French Canadian market, and the region's low power costs are also a draw for content providers and cloud technology companies. Montreal is uniquely positioned as a key aggregation point for international traffic, from both the US as well as transatlantic directly to Canada from Europe via east coast Canadian cable landing points.

"Telia Carrier is dedicated to delivering a responsive, connected experience to address the continued demand in the Canadian market," said Art Kazmierczak, Director of Business Development, Americas at Telia Carrier. "By moving to Montreal, in addition to already being in Toronto, Telia Carrier strengthens its presence in a high-growth IP transit market in Canada, and reinforces our commitment to meeting customer demand for consistent and reliable performance worldwide."

Telia Carrier was the first carrier with a 100G enabled backbone in both Europe and North America in addition to owning and operating the #1 ranked Global IP backbone. The company enables worldwide connectivity by connecting more than 200 Points of Presence (PoPs) across Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East including 62 PoPs in North America alone.

About Telia Carrier
Telia Carrier owns and operates one of the world's most extensive fiber backbones. Our mission is to provide exceptional network infrastructure and services – empowering individuals, businesses and societies to execute their most critical activities. By working close to our customers, we make big ideas happen at the speed of fiber.

About Metro Optic
METRO OPTIC is an independent provider of datacenter-neutral high-speed fiber solutions. Since its inception, Metro Optic offers specialized telecommunications services and solutions to medium- and large-sized businesses, telecom carriers and wholesalers and datacenter operators. Its carrier-neutral datacenter at 875 Saint-Antoine is the fiber-densest interconnection center in Montreal.

Media Contact: Howard Oliver, Metro Optic Inc., 416-568-5254, info(at)metrooptic(dot)com.

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