All these factors play a key role in driving the rapid interconnection bandwidth growth that the GXI forecasts for these three dynamic financial centers.
Mexico City: A story of unrealized potential
Mexico City occupies a key spot along the Pan American Digital Corridor, helping to meet growing demand for financial services from customers across Latin America. According to the GXI, Mexico City is not only the second-largest edge metro in terms of interconnection bandwidth today, but is also the fastest-growing, with financial services driving a large share of that growth.
By number of potential end users, Mexico City is unmatched among edge metros. In fact, with a metro area population of over 20 million, it’s one of the most populous cities in the world by any measure. However, Mexico’s population is about 63% unbanked, the highest rate in the Americas and one of the highest in the world. For comparison, the rate of unbanked population is 7% in the U.S. and essentially 0% in Canada. This means there’s a clear growth opportunity in Mexico City, and both innovative local fintechs and large multinationals are preparing to capitalize on that opportunity.
Toronto: A local powerhouse, and a growing international hub
Toronto has an interconnection bandwidth profile similar to New York’s but on a smaller scale, with business partner interconnectivity making up a majority of the overall mix. The city experiences more business-to-business interconnection activity than any other Americas edge metro; this shows that like New York, Toronto is the trading and banking hub of an advanced global economy. The city is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange—the third largest in the Americas—and the operational headquarters of the five largest Canadian banks. The GXI named Toronto the 4th largest Americas metro for Securities & Trading, ahead of core metros like Silicon Valley.
Within the Americas, Toronto is a key edge metro because it has the largest concentration of potential end users in Canada, and because of its proximity and connectivity to core metros in the U.S. For instance, the Crosslake Fibre cable provides reliable, low-latency connectivity between Toronto and New York, with landings at Equinix International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in Toronto and Secaucus, New Jersey.
Montreal: Canada’s second-largest city holds its own
Although it has been surpassed by Toronto as the leading financial services center in Canada, the GXI data shows that Montreal is still growing interconnection bandwidth, and that the financial services industry has a lot to do with that growth. The city serves as the headquarters for several banks outside of the big five Toronto banks, including National Bank of Canada and Laurentian Bank of Canada. It also plays a key role in Canada’s thriving credit union movement: Desjardins Group, the largest credit union in North America, maintains most of its executive operations in Montreal, despite being legally headquartered elsewhere.
Direct access to networks and cloud services accounts for most of the interconnection bandwidth in the metro. Along with Toronto, Montreal is one of the two key cloud-on ramps in Canada, helping businesses expand their reach both within Canada and globally.
Learn how businesses in the Americas are growing at the edge
Toronto, Montreal and Mexico City are just three examples of edge metros where organizations are flocking to take advantage of opportunities in the financial services industry. The GXI provides real interconnection data that can show what this growth looks like in practice, in the Americas and across the globe. For a closer look at these insights and what they mean for the future of digital business, read the GXI today.