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Keeping the world connected

From humble beginnings in the early 1990s, we have become connectivity partner of choice to the world’s largest content providers, operators and enterprises. In the past, our network laid the very foundations of the Internet revolution and today it’s enabling digitalization throughout business and society.

About Arelion

Arelion is owned by Polhem Infra, a Swedish investment company backed by some of the largest Swedish public pension funds. We started building our network in 1993, when our Autonomous System, AS1299, was allocated, and we’ve grown organically ever since. Our network now stretches 75,000 kms across Europe, North America and Asia and lets you connect directly to more than 2,500 wholesale customers in more than 125 countries. With more than 450 local access partners around the world, we are the backbone of your business, wherever you are.

Why Arelion?

30 years of organic growth

Since 1993, our 100% organically grown fiber backbone has powered the world’s biggest brands. From startup to Fortune 500, we have the scalability, reach and reliability for your business to thrive.

The world's best-connected backbone

Our fiber network spans 75,000 kilometers across Europe, North America, and Asia, providing a direct connection to more than 2,500 wholesale customers and a single hop to critical Internet routes. And with 450 local access partners worldwide, we are the backbone of your business.

An effortless customer experience

We have a world-class Net Promoter Score (NPS) score of 72 and once our customers connect with us, they rarely leave - a testament to our unwavering customer service?

An industry-leading Service Delivery experience

By taking full ownership from order to operation, and with intimate local knowledge of the markets we serve, our global delivery team works hard to ensure our services work seamlessly for you - wherever you are.

What we do

With our IP services, we provide unlimited access to the global Internet network. On top of that, our suite of enterprise, networking and mobile data solutions connects business-critical content and applications to media-hungry audiences everywhere.

Why (we do this)? Because content needs an audience and businesses a cloud - our job is to bring them together.

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Innovation timeline

2022 Telia Carrier is now Arelion

2020 Telia Carrier acquired by Polhem Infra

2019 Expands US East Coast corridor with capacity options that bypass Manhattan into Secaucus NJ

2018 Direct Cloud Connect to top 5 Clouds in the US and EU

2017 Collaborates with Facebook and Coriant on TIP Voyager Open Optical Network

2015 Telia Carrier Internet backbone ranked no. 1 first time

2013 First with 100G in both US and Europe

2011 Successfully completes world’s first terabit optical trial

2000 First carrier to offer cross-border mobile data roaming

1999 First carrier to offer cross-border services for gaming

1998 First carrier to sell wavelengths

1993 AS1299 was born


Awards are nice, but not because we crave plaques, trophies or parties. It’s nice to be recognized but when we extend our network, it’s to help you connect more of your customers. When we add capacity, it’s because you are growing. When we raise the bar in customer support, it’s because your business is reaching higher. Over the years, we’ve won numerous awards for our network and been recognized for best-in-class customer experience but ultimately, we’re only successful when you are.



We believe that the world is brighter when it is connected, and that our employees make the world a brighter place. If you’d like to be part of our journey – and are able to always see the customer’s perspective – we could be the perfect match.

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