V.tal: Powering Improved Connectivity across Latin America

Digital infrastructure company V.tal continues to expand its connectivity services, which includes the launch of its second edge data centre in Colombia

As the world strives to become better connected, V.tal is seeking to place itself at the forefront of Latin American (LATAM) digital transformations

The global company provides end-to-end neutral digital infrastructure solutions. Although its operations are primarily based in Brazil, it also provides services in Argentina, Bermuda, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela and the United States. 

In April 2024, the company opened a second data centre in Barranquilla, Colombia. BDC2, the new US$20m edge data centre, has a total power capacity of 3 MW and space for up to 200 racks. V.tal’s aim with the new site is to help satisfy growing demands within the telecommunications industry

Satisfying demand for improved telecommunications services

As customer needs continue to increase around the world, increasing levels of operators are turning to the cloud and higher data processing volumes to expand their services.

To this end, V.tal owns the largest neutral fibre optic network in Brazil, serving telecom operators, internet providers and cloud providers to boost connectivity. The company has more than 26,000km of submarine cables that connect the country to the others it supports, in addition to data centres distributed between Brazil and Colombia. 

With a rapid takeup of 5G adoption, the data centre networking market is anticipated to reach US$38.33bn in revenue by 2030.

With these new technologies continuing to be in high demand worldwide, data centres are continually working to expand their capabilities to keep pace. Given the continued demand for data processing and communication services, 5G technology is desirable because it can help to improve operational efficiencies within a facility. 

Some of the benefits for data centres include lower latency, high speeds and larger bandwidths.

Advancing edge data centre operations

V.tal has been working to expand its data centre offerings. Currently, the company holds three edge data centres in Brazil with another one in the planning stages. Its new Colombian edge data centre in Barranquilla hopes to enable the exchange of content across the region between operators and internet providers.

The facility has also been designed to use more intelligent devices such as implementing the equipment shutdown concept using cold and hot air settings, in addition to using power saving settings on its servers. This enables V.tal to support its sustainability strategy and manage greenhouse gas emissions more effectively.

“Barranquilla is the city where Colombia exchanges data with the world and, therefore, consolidates itself as a strategic place to choose a data centre,” says Fábio Laguado, Director of Sales LATAM and USA at V.tal. “BDC2 will offer colocation services, interconnection with content and cloud providers and other customers to exchange traffic, in addition to access to all services offered by V.tal on its terrestrial and submarine optical fibre network.”

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