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BICS Selected by Hurricane Electric for 100G Backbone Upgrade in Europe

BRUSSELS, January 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Hurricane Electric Internet Services chooses BICS Pan European Network (PEN) 2.0 to expand global Internet backbone

BICS, a global provider of wholesale carrier services, has announced Hurricane Electric, the world's largest IPv6-native Internet backbone, has signed an agreement to use the BICS Pan European Network (PEN) 2.0 network to connect major European cities. BICS' 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network will enable Hurricane Electric to meet growing bandwidth requirements whilst keeping operating expenses down.

Hurricane Electric is connected to 75 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 3,200 different networks. In Europe, Hurricane Electric needed a high quality carrier with a large European footprint able to deliver low latency 100GbE wavelengths. BICS owns and operates 9,000 kilometres of fibre in Europe with a cable landing station in Marseille accessing the Europe India Gateway (EIG) and SEA-ME-WE 4 submarine cable systems. The BICS platform provides Hurricane Electric with a flexible, cost-effective solution to expand its backbone network.

Reid Fishler, Director of Carrier Services, Hurricane Electric says: "BICS' PEN 2.0 is the perfect solution to enable us to deploy high capacity circuits between different European cities. With this agreement in place our customers will benefit from faster Internet connections between Hurricane Electric's core routers in Europe."

Johan Wouters, SVP Capacity Business Management, BICS says "Since the end of 2012 our pan-European Network has been 100GbE ready. It allows our customers to expand their IP backbone network and interconnect bandwidth intensive sites in a fully managed service model. A large range of extra features such as protection, rerouting options, upgrades and restoration, and liquid bandwidth render our solution both flexible and robust."

About Hurricane Electric

Fremont, California-based Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world as measured by number of networks connected. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to 75 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 3,200 different networks. Employing a resilient fiber-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, two separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia.

In addition to its vast global network, Hurricane Electric owns and operates two data centers in Fremont, California, including Fremont 2, its newest 208,000 square foot facility. Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection at speeds including 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet.

For more information on Hurricane Electric, please visit http://he.net.

About BICS

BICS delivers best-in-class international wholesale solutions to any communication service provider worldwide. Through its Mosaic portfolio, a comprehensive, flexible and innovative suite of solutions designed to be used individually, or collectively, BICS meets the existing and future requirements of the global telecoms industry.

BICS' headquarter is located in Brussels with regional offices in Bern, Dubai, New York and Singapore. We also have a satellite office in Beijing and local representation in Accra, Cape Town, Miami, Montevideo, Nairobi and Toronto. Our team continuously strives to provide our customers with the highest levels of quality, reliability and interoperability enabling them to maximise their end-user value.

With our successful consolidation strategy, and a continuing focus on technological advancement and innovation, we have achieved a world-leading position in the international Voice and Mobile Data markets.

For more information, please visit: http://www.bics.com or contact Katrien Busschaert at BICS:

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