MBC President & CEO Tad Deriso to Serve on Henrico EDA Global Connectivity Enhancements Webinar Panel

MBC President & CEO Tad Deriso will serve on a panel of global telecom experts for Henrico EDA’s Global Connectivity webinar on February 23rd.

Please see the press release from Henrico EDA below for more information on the webinar and how to register.


Contact: Anthony J. Romanello, Executive Director
Email: anthony@henrico.com




International connectivity leaders to share how Henrico, Virginia’s latest advancements in data communications give businesses the competitive edge

HENRICO, VIRGINIA, February 12, 2021 – On February 23 at 1:00 p.m. (EST), the Henrico Economic Development Authority will host the “Global Connectivity Enhancements” webinar. Topics will include the arrival of Google-owned Dunant, a transatlantic subsea cable with record-breaking capacity, as well as the addition of a new neutral interconnection platform at the Richmond Virginia Internet Exchange (RVA-IX) and Telxius Network PoP enhancements. Executives from DE-CIX, Facebook, GlobeNet, Telxius, Interglobix and Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC) Corporation will serve on the panel. The discussion is the third installment of the Henrico Internet Infrastructure Webinar series.

“Businesses interact with an endless stream of data on a daily basis – from emails, to cloud storage, to teleconferencing with partners halfway across the world,” said Anthony Romanello, Henrico Economic Development Authority Executive Director. “For them, the difference between winning and losing can be a matter of seconds; those data connections have to be fast, vast, and reliable. In Henrico, we check off all of those boxes. We’re amplifying our data infrastructure to help companies expand their global reach, outpace competitors, and gain the competitive edge.”

Dunant, spanning from France to the QTS Richmond Network Access Point (NAP) in Henrico, offers an enormous 250 Tbps capacity – fast enough to transmit the entire digitized Library of Congress three times every second. The recently installed Telxius Network PoP will offer connectivity services on Dunant. This heightened connection to France is in addition to the international connectivity services offered on MAREA and BRUSA, two subsea cables that extend to Spain, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.

Additionally, RVA-IX’s much-anticipated integration with DE-CIX interchanges in Chicago, New York, and Dallas will create the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem in North America, providing virtually instant connection with the leading IX operator’s more than 2,100 networks and 500 data centers around the world.

“When our businesses win, we all win,” continued Romanello. “In 2018, Central Virginia data centers alone generated $341 million in economic impact. It’s not just about enhancing our global connectivity; it’s what those enhancements can do to generate a robust economy for residents and companies to enjoy.

“DE-CIX’s new platform in Richmond will transform interconnection, peering, and Cloud Exchange services for businesses throughout the region,” said Vinay Nagpal, data center connectivity leader, executive director of the Internet Ecosystem Innovation Committee (IEIC), and president of InterGlobix. “This exciting enhancement – in addition to fast, direct subsea connectivity to multiple countries – will enable businesses to accelerate their digital transformation. The advancements will also help propel the development of the carrier-neutral and data center-neutral ecosystem currently underway in Henrico.”

Interested in attending the “Global Connectivity Enhancements” webinar and learning how Henrico can help your business? Reserve your spot now. Registration is free, but space is limited.

MBC and QTS Data Centers Announce New Diverse Fiber Route into QTS Richmond NAP

MBC and QTS Data Centers Announce New Diverse Fiber Route into QTS Richmond NAP

February 1, 2021 (South Boston, Virginia). Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) and QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), a leading provider of hybrid colocation and mega scale data center solutions, today announced a brand-new diverse 432 strand fiber cable into the QTS Richmond NAP. This new fiber cable owned by MBC enters the QTS campus through a new southern entrance on Portugee Road and connects directly to MBC’s existing dark fiber and wholesale optical transport network to meet growing capacity demands and fiber route diversity requirements at the QTS Richmond NAP.

MBC has also lit the new route using multi-Terabit line system technology, providing wholesale 10G, 100G and alien wave services. MBC’s open-access network also provides dark fiber along this new path, connecting to other fiber networks and carriers in Virginia.

“With the continued expansion of the QTS Richmond NAP from National and International carriers driven by explosive growth in data traffic during the global pandemic and subsea fiber cables in Virginia Beach, MBC invested in this new fiber route to provide network diversity in response to our customers’ evolving communications needs,” said Tad Deriso, President & CEO of MBC. “We remain committed to expanding our fiber network infrastructure throughout Virginia and the mid-Atlantic region to meet the expanding connectivity needs of our customers.”

“QTS is pleased to have MBC make an investment and build a new connection to the QTS Richmond NAP to provide even more reliability to our growing ecosystem,” said Sean Baillie, EVP Connectivity Strategy at QTS. “We are confident this new route through our new Portugee Road south entrance is the first of many to take advantage of our investment in network resiliency to meet the robust connectivity demands of our customers.”

Turning up the new fiber route into the QTS Richmond NAP provides additional capacity and route diversity for carriers and internet service providers in southern Virginia as well as subsea fiber optic cable routes that land in Virginia Beach and interconnect at the QTS Richmond NAP.


About MBC

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC) is committed to providing economic development leadership to Southern Virginia by operating a 1,900-route mile open-access fiber optic network. MBC provides wholesale telecommunications transport, dark fiber and colocation services to carriers and content providers. With presence in major internet peering exchange points in Ashburn, Richmond, and Atlanta, MBC reduces the cost of Internet access for wholesale customers and reduces the time and cost to reach customers in rural Virginia markets. MBC’s advanced fiber optic network supports job creation as a critical element in the recruitment of major commercial investments across several sectors, including data centers, call center/operations centers, advanced manufacturing, research and development, and logistics and distribution. For more information, please visit www.mbc-va.com.


About QTS

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 7 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space within North America and Europe. Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities. Visit QTS at www.qtsdatacenters.com, call toll-free 877.QTS.DATA or follow on Twitter @DataCenters_QTS.


MBC Media Contact
Liz Smith
(434) 570-1312

QTS Media Contact:
Carter B. Cromley
(703) 861-7245