Start Campus, EXA Infrastructure to establish new terrestrial fibre routes

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Start Campus has announced that EXA Infrastructure, the leading dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, has made a commitment to invest in two new diverse and redundant terrestrial routes in Sines, Portugal.

This strategic network expansion by EXA in Sines establishes a connection between Start Campus’s SINES Project, a hyperscale data centre development with a capacity of 495 MW, and EXA’s backbone in Madrid, Spain. The new connectivity hub will serve as a gateway to digital platforms in Europe, Africa, and the Americas, facilitating seamless communication and enhancing the overall connectivity ecosystem.

“We are excited to partner with EXA and bring these new network routes to Sines, Portugal,” says Afonso Salema, Chief Executive Officer at Start Campus. “While we are connecting our SINES project, EXA’s newly constructed network lays the foundation for a new era of connectivity for Europe and the rest of the world. We are building a brand new continental crossroad to enable diverse and redundant access to key markets throughout Europe and beyond. EXA’s commitment to bridging our SINES Project with Madrid, Spain, with new routes, is one step of many to enable and fortify high-speed multi-continental connectivity to and from Portugal.”

The key location of the SINES Project further strengthens Portugal as a connectivity hub for Europe, providing access via transatlantic cable landings and EXA’s expansive terrestrial network routes.

EXA Infrastructure, VP of Network Investments, Steve Roberts said: “EXA continues to invest and expand our network to ensure we are enabling the growth and success of our customers. We are witnessing an increasing demand for enhanced connectivity routes in and out of southern Europe and we are pleased to partner with Start Campus to power this demand by connecting Sines to our pan-European backbone.”

Set to be ready for service in late 2023, SINES Project will be one of the largest Hyperscaler data centre ecosystems in a strategic European location, acting as a gateway between Europe, Africa, the Americas and beyond. The project benefits from ocean water cooling systems, high-voltage power grids, and high-capacity international fibre optic cables with connections to Africa and the Americas. Being fully powered by renewable and affordable energy, Start Campus offers a 100% sustainable campus powered by 24 x 7 renewable energy facilities resulting in a low Total Cost of Operations (TCO) for its customers.

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