Is Swedish Carrier TeliaSonera Rolling Out Fiber To Facebook’s Luleå Data Center?

By David Cohen 

LuleaRendering650Facebook’s data center in Luleå, Sweden, will be the endpoint for more than 1,000 kilometers of fiber being rolled out in the northern part of the country by domestic carrier TeliaSonera, ZDNet reported.

The project is titled Skanova Backbone North, according to ZDNet, and the new link will cover 1,250 km of inland terrain through the middle and northern parts of Sweden, terminating at Luleå. TeliaSonera said Skanova Backbone North is aimed at boosting capacity for its long-haul network.

According to ZDNet, the social network and the carrier reached an agreement in 2012 for TeliaSonera to provide Facebook’s pan-European managed optical network, but the telephone company would not comment on whether the new link will support Facebook’s data center. A spokesperson for the company told ZDNet:

I cannot confirm what individual company’s traffic will run in the cable we will now build, but it will support Internet companies that use data centers in the region. We believe it will improve our value proposition to customers in the online industry that are scouting for locations for their next European data center.