Lumen expands edge services into Europe

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Edge solutions provider Lumen Technologies is bringing its edge infrastructure and services across the pond from American to European customers.

The expansion is part of Lumen’s continued investment in next-generation solutions that transform digital experiences and meet the demands of today’s global businesses.

With the update, enterprise and public sector customers in Europe can now deploy applications and workloads at the cloud edge.

Lumen has already begun the expansion by turning on 100G MPLS and IP network connectivity across the continent, as well as by increasing power and cooling at several edge data centre locations.

The service provider’s EMEA network currently includes 42,000 route miles of fibre with more than 2,500 on-net buildings and 540 public and private third-party data centres.

With the move, Lumen is tapping into the second biggest edge market in terms of revenue. Omdia research found that North America will account for 41.2% of edge services revenue in 2022, followed by Europe (27.5%) and Asia & Oceania (25.2%).

The update gives Lumen’s European customers access to Lumen Edge Bare Metal, Lumen Network Storage, Lumen Edge Private Cloud, and the Lumen Edge Gateway.

Annette Murphy, regional president for EMEA and APAC at Lumen, said: “Customers in Europe can now tap into the power of the Lumen platform, underpinned by Lumen’s extensive fibre footprint, to deploy data-heavy applications and workloads that demand ultra-low latency at the cloud edge.”

Lumen’s edge computing services meet about 97% of US enterprise demand and about 70% of enterprise demand in the UK, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands within 5 milliseconds of latency – and plans are underway to add more locations in Europe later this year – according to the service provider.

In all, Lumen manages and operates about 500,000 global route miles of fibre. The service provider also has over 190,000 on-net buildings connected to 2,200 public and private third-party data centres and public cloud providers.

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