Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) is working with the Go West trading consortium to add an ultra-low latency link between Chicago and Tokyo to its Secure Financial Transaction Infrastructure (SFTI) wireless networks. SFTI was acquired by ICE in the break-up of NYSE Technologies a couple of years ago and includes ultra-low latency network connectivity solutions between the New York, Chicago, Toronto and Tokyo metro areas.
The Go West network was created by a consortium of trading firms to generate efficient access to global financial markets by offering the lowest latency route between Chicago and Tokyo. The network uses a system of wireless towers, fibre-optic lines and submarine cables, and will be made available as part of the SFTI network in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Commenting on the addition, Jonathan Reeve, global head of connectivity and consolidated feeds at ICE Data Services, which includes SFTI, says: “As the demand for data capacity, speed and security increases, Go West extends our network’s geographical reach and offers a new alternative for customers that require ultra-low latency connectivity between North American and Asian markets.”
The addition of the Go West network to SFTI follows the acquisition of TMX Atrium by ICE in May 2017 and the extension of the network with a low latency connection – ICE says the lowest latency connection – between the New York, Chicago and Toronto metro areas.