China Unicom deepens North America foothold with new Seattle PoP

China Unicom Americas (CUA), the North American subsidiary of China Unicom, has established a new point of presence (PoP) in Seattle as a way to extend of its data services to customers in North America and Canada.

Similar to other international providers like Telstra Global, CUA is focused on providing solutions, including T1/E1 and up to 10G waves to multinational corporations based in China and the U.S. that have offices in both regions.

With this new PoP, CUA said it will be able to extend its product and service lines closer to its customers, including access to low latency routes to major financial hubs such as New York and Chicago.

What's significant about this is it enhances the service provider's reach in another key market.

By adding the Seattle location, CUA now has a total of eight North American PoPs, a list that also includes New York, Los Angeles, San Jose, Miami, Dallas, Chicago and Toronto. This creates another hub that MNCs can use to get access to its network in the 100 countries it serves.

Wu Yitao, president of CUA, said in a release that "The Pacific Northwest region in particular is experiencing a surge in its economy, drawing in businesses that require a strong network with an international reach."

In recent months there has been growing activity by Asia Pacific-based service providers expanding their presence in the United States.

Besides CUA, Telstra Global and Pacnet established E-NNI (External-Network to Network Interconnection) agreements with the likes of CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) to give their existing and new clients other options to get access to the Asia Pacific market where they are seeing new growth opportunities.

For more:
- see the release

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