Data Grid Network Acquires Independent Teleport Operator Onlime

Data Grid Network GmbH, a Commercis Plc company, which also includes Talia, has today announced the acquisition of a majority shareholding in the independent teleport operator Onlime GmbH and its TechnoPark facility near Hannover in Germany. Onlime GmbH provides critical connectivity for national and international clients with access to 200+ geostationary satellites giving worldwide coverage. Access to these satellites is crucial to support enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, banking, NGO and many other client’s groups. 

The freehold facility near Hannover, built by Deutsche Telekom in 1987, is one of the largest in Europe and is extensively connected to the world's fibre networks. With almost 3,000 sqm of buildings, including a substantial Data Centre, Network Operations Centre, and Technical Labs, the TechnoPark will provide Talia Communications with a secure and central hub enabling further global expansions. 

Talia, a teleport operator since 2009 and the first certified by the World Teleport Association (WTA) in 2019, has been exploring opportunities for larger and robust premises to continue its ambitious development objectives. Investing in Onlime's business, facilities, and it’s existing clients gives Talia an edge in its offering. 

Chairman of Commercis Plc, Alan Afrasiab, stated: "the acquisition of Onlime GmbH and its facility has come at precisely the right time. With the staff of two teleports coming together, we will have more resources to ensure we can deliver on our plans for continued growth in both GEO and LEO sectors. The larger premises will help facilitate plans for a Green Data Centre, which we will be keen to begin development on soon". 

Chief Executive Officer of Onlime GmbH, Paul Ziegler, added: " The team at the Onlime teleport is delighted to become part of Data Grid Network, Talia, and the Commercis Group of companies, organisations that share our vision and values. Combining our award-winning Teleport and Data Centre with Talia's leading services and solutions means clients will benefit from greater international connectivity, support and a global presence with Talia's offices worldwide". 

DGN, ABS, and ST Engineering iDirect join forces to bring major connectivity expansion across four continents

Data Grid Network (DGN), a Commercis Plc company, has partnered with satellite operator ABS, and satellite hardware manufacturer ST Engineering, to expand robust connectivity across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The collaboration will enhance services across these regions, enabling Talia to offer flexible services and to speed up time to market with the delivery of essential communications to remote areas. Talia will extend an array of applications to customers that will meet the demands of enterprises, Energy companies and NGOs.

The new ABS-2 C-band satellite link will be operated through a dedicated antenna at Talia’s Data Grid Network Teleport in Hannover, Germany. It will offer high reliability, redundancy, and interconnectivity through our MPLS network across the world.

“The collaboration with DGN and ST Engineering shows our commitment to meet the growing demand of connectivity across these key markets. Our vast global beam coverage will support Talia’s broadband services across four continents,” said Paolo Pusterla, MD of EMEA, ABS. “ABS satellites’ footprints in C and Ku bands are wide and allow long-distance connections which is ideal for large networks and international liaisons. With advanced solutions on the ground such as ST Engineering’s iDirect, bandwidth is optimised and cost-effective for prime and backup services. Notably, ABS service offerings are perfectly suited to Virtual Network Operators and global providers such as Talia.”

Broadband connectivity and access to technology can propel the social and economic development of nations and provide huge benefits. Currently, however, approximately 35 per cent of underdeveloped countries are connected to the Internet, compared to around 80 per cent in advanced economies. Talia is focused on providing service to these underserved markets with affordable connectivity. Through collaborative partnerships like this one where leading enterprise combine their strengths to deliver world-class services, greater changes can be made towards a better future.

DGN enhances connectivity throughout the Middle East

As a growing global communications service provider, Data Grid Network (DGN), a sister company of Talia Communications and a part of Commercis Plc, has recently completed a significant enhancement to its network in Jordan.

Using an IP node that has been strategically located at the shores of Aqaba in the Aqaba Digital Hub (ADH), DGN has expanded connectivity throughout the entire Middle East and Gulf region to provide industry-leading connectivity using a rapid, extensive, and robust connectivity service. Additionally, this hub comprises of a profusion of services ranging from hyperscale datacentres to cable landing stations and teleports. This has helped the Middle East gain a neutral set up with an open policy, which was crucial for the growth of the region.

Chairman of Commercis Plc, Alan Afrasiab stated, "Aqaba has become a critical hub for our telecoms business to continue to provide exceptional and innovative communication services in the Middle East.”

The growing demand for international wholesale and business consumers required DGN to provide access to resilient and automated Tier 1 networks, through the new point of presence (PoP), located in the ADH carrier-neutral data centre. DGNs new network system carries Layer 2 and Layer 3 connections to global data centres while utilising their Tier 1 MPLS network. The MPLS network ensures an uninterrupted and sufficient connection between the Layers and their functions, which allows for network quality of service. Moreover, while improving network experiences through lower latency and higher accessibility of assured data, data transfers are now able to go through a highly secure program when travelling around the world. As a high-performance network routing device, Layer 3 connectivity allows for infinite growth.

DGN offers connectivity through multiple borders to Iraq, Egypt and across Europe to ensure high-quality services in regions where they operate. This allows for redundancy if one path experiences interruption and minimize any prevention of communication within country. This came as an advantage for DGN, as the Middle East has become the new hub for cloud service providers like Microsoft, Azure, AWS, and Oracle all launching their data centres throughout the area in the past year. DGNs intensive networking systems directly associate themselves to large cloud platforms, allowing for businesses to easily connect to the cloud directly in the Middle East.

DGN is a continually growing digital eco-system consisting of cloud, data centre, SaaS carriers and company partners, in which carriers can directly communicate to four hundred data centres worldwide.