MEC is a type of computing handled at the edge of the network. The edge may be located at data centers, mobile hotspots, cell towers, routers, or on WiFi devices. By moving the connection to the edge of the network, there is lower latency for the end user, as well as a faster and more secure connection. With the promise of 5G and the advancement of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, edge computing is expected to see a rise in usage.
EdgeConneX aligned its products to deliver the edge experience. In 2013, the company built 23 edge data centers across the U.S, creating what the company calls a new “Edge of the Internet.” Here are the highlights of EdgeConneX’s MEC installations outside of the United States.
EdgeConneX’s Global Expansion in Edge Computing
Outside of the United States, EdgeConneX’s edge data centers are found in South America and Europe.
EdgeConneX’s first venture into the international market took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The company installed the edge data center in 2016. As the first overseas EdgeConneX data center, the company aimed to “replicate our U.S. model internationally, supporting a highly distributed data center architecture at the edge of the Internet,” according to Clint Heiden, EdgeConneX’s chief commercial officer.
The company announced that it is building a second data center in Europe in Dublin, Ireland at the Grange Castle Business Park in July 2016. The projected cost for this data center is $33.2 million dollars.
The company reported in September 2017 its intention to install an edge data center in Toronto, Canada, with the projected deployment date in the second quarter of 2018.
In January 2018, EdgeConneX released its plans to add its first Edge Data Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina to bring edge computing to the country. The company is working with the Argentina Investment and Trade Promotion Agency (AAICI) and Silica Networks to make edge computing a reality in Buenos Aires. The anticipated installation date is late 2018.
EdgeConneX is currently in the process of building an edge data center in London, England. Exact details have yet to be released.
The company is also considering adding the following locations to their international portfolio: France, Italy, Austria, and Chile.