Cogeco Peer 1 Positioned for Growth in Data Centers and Fiber

There is a lot of growth in the data center and fiber markets for a whole host of reasons. Fiber needs are skyrocketing not only for typical demand reasons like exponential bandwidth demands but 5G needs a lot of base stations and/or antennas. 5G can compete with fiber – the speeds can top 2 Gbps in the real world. Of course, all 5G eventually hits a strand of fiber.

Data centers too are seeing massive growth thanks to cloud and more recently edge.

To learn more about one of the important players in the market, we spoke with Susan Bowen, CEO of Cogeco Peer 1. The company was spun off from Cogeco Communications and purchased by Digital Colony, a global investment firm dedicated to strategic opportunities in digital infrastructure.

Susan Bowen, CEO of Cogeco Peer 1

Cogeco Peer 1 is a global provider of business solutions such as colocation, network connectivity, managed hosting, cloud services and managed services in Canada, Mexico, the US, and Western Europe. They have 16 data centers, their FastFiber Network and more than 50 points-of-presence in North America and Europe combined.

Susan explained that the company is in 43 countries and also provide hybrid multicloud . Their cloud management portal will launch by the fourth quarter, as will managed AWS.

Much of their growth comes from the following segments: AI, big data, adtech and ecommerce.

They also provide SD-WAN and are one of the few companies that provides the fiber and infrastructure. They have a great security and compliance story as well.

We mentioned to her the company is positioned very well for the edge computing market and she said, “Data as infrastructure, for me, that is what edge is.” A fascinating take!

Parent company Digital Colony is very well-positioned for the tech future. They are rolling up fiber, data center and tower/small cell/DAS companies. All of these are very high-growth spaces – especially as 5G proliferates.

We saved perhaps the most exciting news for last… A new name is coming, so if you loved, Cogeco Peer 1, you have a few more weeks to enjoy it. We pressed Susan for a hint about the new name and she told us “It won’t be Cogeco Peer 2. 🙂

She has a good sense of humor – we’ll see if it is reflected in the new company name.

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