Equinix, a provider of global data centre services, has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire ancotel GmbH, a leading provider of carrier-neutral colocation and interconnection services in Europe. With the acquisition of ancotel, Equinix gains one data centre in Frankfurt with 2,100 sq m of data centre capacity and increases its European network density by adding more than 400 network customers, which includes 200 new networks and 6,000 cross connects.
The acquisition of ancotel, which is expected to close in Q3 2012, will also provide new opportunities for customers, creating a leading, network-dense colocation and connectivity campus in Frankfurt, one of the world’s busiest data hubs. The campus will offer a broad mix of networks from Western and Eastern Europe and beyond, and significant growth opportunities for
customers looking to expand their data centre footprint.
ancotel’s assets include edge nodes in Hong Kong, London and Miami, giving Equinix additional points of presence in these markets. In addition, ancotel customers will benefit from the global reach, high-quality data centres and thriving ecosystems of Platform Equinix as well as access to its Marketplace of more than 4,000 customers.
“For more than a decade, ancotel’s Kleyer90 has been a key point of interconnection for network service providers in Frankfurt and beyond,” said K.J. Orth, one of the two founders and managing director of ancotel. “The global reach of Platform Equinix bundled with services such as the Equinix Marketplace and the Equinix Ethernet Exchange will add great value for customers looking to expand in Europe and around the world.”