Megaport eyes Asia Pacific

Company targeting Singapore with 100 GbE service

Australian network interconnection services provider Megaport has plans to introduce its 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network across Asia Pacific.

Under a deal with Brocade, Megaport will use the vendor’s switching and networking equipment to rollout the service into APAC.

The company’s offering is based on an interconnection fabric which allows service providers to use a single physical Ethernet interface to connect with other parties.

Launched in July 2013, Megaport’s service is located in 18 data centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. So far, it has connected over 700 gigabits per second (Gbps) in bandwidth. Australian customers include Pacnet, Amazon Web Services and FetchTV.

Megaport founder Bevan Slattery told Computerworld Australia that it had just received approval to operate in Singapore.

“That service will be rolled out [in Singapore] early next year. There are two other countries we’re looking at,” he said.

While Slattery couldn’t name the countries, he said more details would be announced soon.

Brocade Australia and New Zealand country manager Greig Guy said that it is offering Megaport high density and cost effective connectivity.

According to Guy, demand for 100GbE networks is expected to grow 162 per cent between 2013 and 2016.

“We can provide ports on demand for 100GbE connectivity so this means Megaport can buy capacity as its capability ramps up.”

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