Equinix Will Use Space-Based Optical Communications

Equinix will be first to use a Laser Light Communications space-based laser communications system. As part of the initial agreement, Laser Light will establish its inaugural global Point of Presence (PoP) at Equinix’s DC11 International Business Exchange data center in the Washington, D.C. area.
Once operational, the All Optical Hybrid Global Network (HALO) will offer wide area communications to carriers, enterprises and government customers at Equinix facilities around the globe.

The initial deployment in Equinix’s DC11 IBX is expected to grow with additional Points of Presence planned globally, including Equinix facilities in the UK, Japan, Brazil, Australia, the Middle East, and Europe.

The system is based on use of medium earth orbit satellites, initially using eight to 12  satellites.
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