Hurricane Electric has announced that a collaboration with high-capacity communications transport service provider Neutral Path Communications has led to the establishment of a new Point of Presence (PoP) within Neutral Path’s MSP1 facility. Located at 713 E Church Street, Belle Plaine, MN, this Point of Presence is Hurricane Electric’s second with Neutral Path and third in the state.

The carrier-neutral MSP1 facility provides customers with direct access to Neutral Path Communications’ dark fiber backbone and additional fiber interconnects to a variety of providers. The company’s underground backbone network spans over 1,300 route miles and over 110,000 fiber miles throughout the heart of the Midwest between key aggregation points in Denver, Omaha, and Minneapolis. With the establishment of this latest PoP, Hurricane Electric is now one of ten additional Internet suppliers at this location.

Because of this partnership, customers of Neutral Path Communications now have access to Hurricane Electric’s robust IPv4 and IPv6 networks through100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports. Additionally, companies within the MSP1 facility will have the opportunity to exchange IP traffic, or “peer,” with Hurricane Electric’s expansive global network and enjoy lower latency, fewer router hops, improved fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management infrastructure capabilities in the delivery of next generation IP services. 

“We are excited to collaborate with Hurricane Electric and launch this new Point of Presence at our MSP1 facility,” said Tony Frentz, chief strategy officer, Neutral Path Communications. “Customers at all eight of our Midwest data centers now have another location at which they can access and utilize high-speed bandwidth from Hurricane Electric. Coupled with additional access to the Midwest Internet Cooperative Exchange, this is an ideal arrangement for businesses throughout the region.”

“We are delighted to again work with Neutral Path Communications on the latest phase of Hurricane Electric’s Midwestern expansion,” said Mike Leber, president of Hurricane Electric. “The demand for high-speed global connectivity continues to increase throughout the United States; the MSP1 PoP is already our third in Minnesota and 15th overall in the Midwest. Hurricane Electric is delighted to work with providers like Neutral Path Communications to deliver the connectivity options its customers need to compete in the global business marketplace.”