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Ovum tracks web-scale data center builds and high-profile data center interconnect (DCI) initiatives that create tremendous opportunity for both the DCI vendors and wholesale communications service providers (CSPs). This report highlights recent industry events.


  • This report highlights recent high-profile data center building and monetization initiatives.

Features and Benefits

  • The report covers the recent Facebook, Microsoft, and Telefonica transatlantic cable building initiative.
  • The report also highlights and explains telco data center divestiture attempts.

Key questions answered

  • What is the value of the Marea cable?
  • Why are the telcos trying to sell data center properties?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations

ICPs are diving deep into blue water

  • Facebook, Microsoft, and Telefonica are building a low latency DCI cable from Virginia Tidewater to Iberian Peninsula and beyond

ICPs continue to build web-scale properties

  • Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have all commissioned web-scale properties in the last 12 months
  • ICPs continue to extend distribution networks

Meanwhile, CSPs seize the opportunity to monetize data centers

  • Windstream was one of the first, but it won’t be the last


  • Further reading
  • Author

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