Bandwidth IG delivers dark fibre connectivity to the San Francisco Metropolitan Internet Exchange

Bandwidth IG delivers dark fibre connectivity to the San Francisco Metropolitan Internet Exchange

Bandwidth IG announces partnership with a critical Internet Exchange that will utilise the newly constructed subsea Bay Crossing fibre route.

A new partnership between Bandwidth IG and the San Francisco Metropolitan Internet Exchange (SFMIX) will deliver high-capacity dark fibre to Internet Service Providers and content delivery networks across the San Francisco Bay Area, allowing them to connect to their customers with unmatched speed and performance.

SFMIX, an Internet Exchange point based in Silicon Valley, is one of the first customers to utilise Bandwidth IG’s newly expanded San Francisco Bay Area dark fibre network, announced in early 2024. The new project brings 310 route miles and more than two million fibre miles of high-capacity dark fibre to the Bay Area, including a new and unique subsea route across the San Francisco Bay.

The IX has deployments in eight data centres throughout the Bay Area and boasts over 90 participants.

Bandwidth IG’s newly expanded network creates a ring around the market, including the first fibre cable under the Bay to be installed for communications services in decades, providing near ubiquitous connectivity throughout one of the busiest data centre markets in the world. The ability to connect to its facilities across the Silicon Valley market allows SFMIX to interconnect its deployments at intervals of 400Gbps, using diverse routes with future expansion capabilities.

“As the only member-owned cooperative internet exchange point within California, our priority is to operate an efficient, uncongested and resilient network backbone,” said Matt Peterson, President for SFMIX. “Bandwidth IG’s fibre not only provides the necessary coverage in multiple locations throughout the Bay Area to reach our members, but it also prioritises diverse routes that avoid traditional congested fibre corridors. Bandwidth IG’s investments in the region will allow us to serve our current membership and expand quickly as demand grows.”

Enclosing the northern portion of the ring required immense dedication and engineering ingenuity. The subsea crossing that connects downtown San Francisco to the East Bay required numerous complex permits and nearly four years of planning, engineering and construction to complete. 

“Constructing the Bay crossing was a complex, but necessary process,” added Patton Lochridge, Chief Commercial Officer for Bandwidth IG. “In today’s AI-driven world, where the demand for more capacity and reduced latency is critical, the most direct routes possible need to be created. We knew it would be hard work to go across the Bay via a subsea route, but it has resulted in a truly diverse route with a direct connection tying together two high-traffic areas.”

Click below to share this article

Browse our latest issue

Intelligent Data Centres

View Magazine Archive