Southfield’s 123Net Partners with Stockholm’s Telia Carrier to Expand High-Speed Fiber in Michigan

123Net has partnered with Telia Carrier to provide telecommunications service to the Michigan market. // Photograph Courtesy of 123Net

123Net, a large data center services provider based in Southfield, today announced it has partnered with Telia Carrier, a Stockholm-based telecommunications company and owner and operator of a large high-speed fiber network, to provide service to the Michigan market. Telia Carrier’s U.S. headquarters are in Washington, D.C.

123Net’s fiber footprint throughout the state includes up to 4,000 route miles of fiber in more than 106 communities. The two networks will connect geographic reach and broadband capacity for both.

“It’s exciting to be trusted by yet another international company and to be able to support their expansion with our infrastructure,” says Bob Evenson, carrier relations manager at 123Net. “We continue to see a high demand from regional, national, and international carriers to establish a point of presence at our tier-3 facility.

“Being the largest carrier-neutral facility in the state makes it easy for not only carriers, like Telia Carrier, but also content providers who want to connect here and peer closer to end users. We hope to continue to provide solid options to carriers interested in the Michigan market.”

Autonomous vehicles generate and consume about 40 terabytes of data for every eight hours of driving, according to a study from Intel. 123Net hopes to support the increased demand for bandwidth and data centers in Detroit to help facilitate the mobility evolution.

The company is also experiencing demand for data connections from content providers and businesses in health care, engineering, graphic design, technology, and finance. The trend and ongoing digitalization of business and its move to the cloud are driving significant demand for data center connectivity among tier-2 and tier-3 cities throughout the state.

“Over the past several years, the auto industry as well as other businesses in Detroit have been focused on driving more innovation,” says Art Kazmierczak, director of network and business development at Telia Carrier. “These applications utilize the dynamic on-demand provisioning, and low latency performance of Telia Carrier’s global network, enabling access to cloud capabilities at the network edge and empowering developing technologies like autonomous vehicles and smart cities in the supporting infrastructure. We see facilitating these technologies as critical, and that’s why we’re excited to partner with 123Net.”