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Hurricane Electric expands with new Portland, Maine PoP deployment
Wed, 28th Feb 2024

Hurricane Electric, acknowledged as the world's most extensive IPv6-native internet backbone, has announced a new point of presence (PoP) deployment at Deep Edge Realty in Portland, Maine. This is the company's second PoP in Maine and its 7th in New England. The new PoP, stationed at 340 Cumberland Avenue, Portland, provides advanced high-speed connectivity options to the state's strongest economic region.

The downtown Portland facility, known as the '340 Cumberland Content Hotel', has 52,272 square feet of space, which can be split into racks, cages or N suites as per requirement. Barely 4.1 miles from Portland International Jetport, the tier III facility is a point of presence for the Northern New England Neutral Internet Exchange (NNENIX). It hosts more than ten local, regional, and long-haul fibre network providers.

The new PoP is set to serve the quick-paced technology sector in Southern Maine, along with other prominent industries such as wholesale and retail, finance, health, and tourism. The facility incorporates advanced access control and video surveillance powered by Central Maine Fiber. With diverse generator capacity on site, users can construct their secure network hub in a ready-to-use space. Besides improving fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management, the new PoP provides this region with better access to next-generation IP connectivity services.

Hurricane Electric's President, Mike Leber, expressed his pleasure about the company's enhanced connectivity in Maine. "Portland is an interconnection hub for Maine and all of New England, and we are thrilled to be able to provide connectivity to Deep Edge Realty's customers," he explained. He further clarified that the new PoP supports their aim of providing low-latency IP transit and access to thousands of networks for enterprises globally.

Customers of Deep Edge Realty, as well as those in and around Portland, now have a range of new connectivity options. They can access Hurricane Electric's comprehensive IPv4 and IPv6 network via 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet) and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports. Furthermore, customers at the new PoP can exchange IP traffic with Hurricane Electric's vast global network. The network offers over 30,000 BGP sessions with over 10,000 different networks through 310 major exchange points and numerous customer and private peering ports.

Founded in 1994 by Mike Leber, the company initially began as a dial-up provider but quickly transitioned to focus on providing Internet connectivity and hosting services. Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network, offering services such as colocation, dedicated servers, and Internet transit.

The company is known for its extensive peering relationships and network infrastructure, which span across multiple continents. Employing a resilient fibre-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than five redundant 100G paths crossing North America, four separate 100G paths between the U.S. and Europe, and 100G rings in Europe and Asia. Hurricane also has a ring around Africa and a ring through Australia and New Zealand. 

One of Hurricane Electric's notable offerings is its IPv6 Tunnel Broker service, which enables users and networks with IPv4 connectivity to establish an IPv6 connection through a tunnel over the IPv4 Internet. This service has been instrumental in promoting the adoption of IPv6, which is crucial for the continued growth and development of the Internet.