Blacknight Connects Munster Hub at Cork Internet Exchange

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New point-of-presence delivers premium connectivity in Cork, Kerry and Waterford

Irish internet services company Blacknight has announced a milestone for connectivity in Munster, with the completion of its new node at Cork Internet Exchange (CIX).

The company already operates at data centres in Dublin and its own facility in Carlow. Their latest move is a strategic step which will open the way for the provision of high-quality network connections to customers in Cork and surrounding counties.

It follows their recent entry into the national broadband market, in response to the demand for connectivity driven by the pandemic and changing work practices. Blacknight is the Irish market leader in domain name registration and web hosting and they've added additional website and ecommerce services in the past year.

Blacknight has partnered with SIRO and eir to deliver fibre broadband and dedicated internet access. The installation at CIX extends Blacknight’s connectivity to 46% of SIRO’s network, giving access to an additional 42,000 premises passed by SIRO fibre in Munster.

Those premises can avail of dedicated connections at speeds up to 10 Gbps from Blacknight, with premium connectivity to major content providers and peering exchanges in Ireland and Europe.

In addition, the new point-of-presence at CIX connects Blacknight's network to INEX Cork, the regional internet peering point launched in 2016 by the Internet Neutral Exchange (INEX). This will enhance the quality of the service offering to customers in South West Ireland, according to Blacknight CTO and co-founder Paul Kelly.

“INEX Cork brings together content and access networks like Blacknight, ensuring that local traffic stays local, giving business and residential customers an even better experience.”

Paul Kelly, CTO Blacknight

As well as broadband and dedicated circuits, Blacknight now offers server colocation services at CIX, in addition to its Dublin and Carlow locations. Kelly describes Blacknight’s entry to CIX as “a historic partnership between two independent Irish data centres”.

“We’ve had a very good response to our entry to the broadband fibre market earlier this year. We moved quickly to respond to the changing realities of the pandemic, and we're excited to take this next step.”

Paul Kelly, CTO Blacknight

Customers in Munster can check which Blacknight Broadband services are available at their location by entering their Eircode at blacknight.com/broadband.

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Blacknight (http://www.blacknight.com/) are an Irish based, ICANN accredited domain registrar and hosting company. Recipients of several awards for their revolutionary use of social media, Blacknight are one of Europe’s most cutting edge Internet companies. Blacknight constantly seek to lead the way by introducing innovative solutions for its client base and provide dedicated servers and co-location as well as a comprehensive range of Microsoft Windows and Linux based hosting plans and domain name registration services to business globally. IP transit services and other solutions for more demanding business and academic customers are offered a la carte.

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