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Brazil’s edge data centre economy continues to expand

New deployments come as a direct consequence of the fast absorption of digital technologies and services in part driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By João Marques Lima

Co-founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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October 05, 2021 | 12:00 AM BST

Brazilian wholesale telecoms operator Ava Telecom said it began the deployment of edge data centres across one of Latin America’s largest cities to support latency-driven demand.

The infrastructure investment in the São Paulo state is being installed in partnership with Multiway, Leveros Solar and BlumaTech.

Multiway is set to provide the necessary racks and servers for the facilities, whilst Leveros Solar has been tasked with the supply of photovoltaic panels that will be used to power operations in conjunction with a local network, autonomous generators and batteries.

The company said in a statement that energy surplus will be returned back to the grid for other uses within the power grid.

In its turn, BlumaTech will carry out the integration and control of the operations.

Paul Sassin, CEO of Ava Telecom, said: “With the continuous growth in demand for big data, popularization of streaming platforms, expansion of IoT and automation tools, it’s essential that the market offers increasingly lower latencies to the user.

“Thus, we are dedicating ourselves so that companies in the region, particularly the hundreds of ISPs operating in Brazil, many of which are our customers, can offer a better experience to their customers, while reducing their operating costs.”

Founded in 2013, Ava Telecom provides fibre connectivity, enabling network traffic to numerous internet service providers (ISPs) in the state of São Paulo.

With over 3,000 kilometres of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) networks in the state of São Paulo, the company plans and operates smart grids. DWDM is an optical multiplexing technology used to increase bandwidth over existing fibre networks.

Ava Telecom’s backbone, with several optical fibre rings, interconnects the main cities and micro-regions of the state of São Paulo, including the Paraná border area, serving alternative routes and high traffic capacity to dozens of local providers, directly connecting to the country’s main PTTs and data centres of providers such as Ascenty, Tellium and Equinix.

The news come less than two months after rival América Móvil’s Embratel announced it will build 15 edge data centres in Brazil by the end of 2022 in a total capital expenditure (CAPEX) of 50mn reais (US$9.2 million).

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