U.S. Internet backbone provider expands further into Canadian market

California-based Ipv6-native Internet backbone and colocation provider, Hurricane Electric is moving into two new Canadian locations.

The Fremont, Calif-based Hurricane Electric announced new points of presence at Winnipeg’s Global Server Centre and DataHive in Calgary. These new locations provide reduced latency and router hops for Canadians, the firm said.

Already established at Equinix in Toronto, and Cologix in Vancouver and Montreal, Hurricane Electric is continuing its Canadian market expansion plans with these western locations providing high speed IPv4 and IPv6 Internet connectivity through 100BaseT, 1GigE, 10Gbps, and 100GE service.

Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric, said customers of both Global Server Centre in Winnipeg and DataHive in Calgary will have access to the depth and reach of Hurricane Electric’s global network, allowing for reduced router hops and improved fault tolerance.

Hurricane Electric first deployed IPv6 on its global backbone in 2001. Hurricane Electric’s global Internet backbone is IPv6-native and does not rely on internal tunnels for its IPv6 connectivity. IPv6 is offered as a core service and every customer is provided IPv6 connectivity, as well as classic IPv4 connectivity.

Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to 60 exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 2,900 different networks, the company said. Through its fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia. In addition, Hurricane Electric owns and operates two data centers in Fremont including Fremont 2, a 208,000 sq. ft. facility.

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