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Google Said To Be Building Massive Core Network

The search-engine giant is reportedly building one of the world's largest core transport networks, to help distribute huge quantities of digital content from massive server farms.

Search engine giant Google inc. is said to be in the process of building what is reported to be one of the world's largest core transport networks to distribute huge quantities of digital content from massive server farms.

According to a report by Light Reading, Google is in the process of buying high performance network infrastructure and substantial carrier hotel space. The company has reportedly acquired 270,000 square feet of space at a large telecom interconnection facility in New York, and plans similar acquisitions on the West Coast in order to connect to the Asia-Pacific market through the largest fiber peering points.

Significantly, Light Reading reports that Google is preparing to equip its new network infrastructure purchases with sizeable equipment acquisitions. The company has reportedly issued what could be the second largest Tier 1 request for proposal (RFP) for what could amount to $100 million in dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment.

Light Reading speculates that Google's buying spree could be motivated by a strategy to secure and control a substantial part of Internet content traffic. By acquiring and controlling its own backbone and strategically deploying Layer 1 and Layer 2 equipment, the company would be able to peer with global telecommunications carriers and ensure high speed content delivery by keeping its traffic in a private Layer 2 network.

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