Monday, November 2, 2009

Equinix Builds Carrier Ethernet Exchange with Major Carriers

Equinix has signed up a number of major players for its newly launched Carrier Ethernet Exchange platform, including AboveNet, Exponential-e, Hibernia Atlantic, Level 3, PCCW Global, Reliance Globalcom and Tinet, among others.

The Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange development program consists of a platform for multi-provider carrier Ethernet interconnection that meets Metro Ethernet Forum standards. The program is reviewing a variety of solutions including Ethernet Network to Network Interconnection (NNI) and additional services that leverage the density and breadth of networks operating within Equinix's centers. The platform is available at Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers globally using Alcatel-Lucent's service routing portfolio.

"Demand for AboveNet's Ethernet services continues to grow," said Philip Olivero, vice president of Engineering for AboveNet. "The current process for extending our Ethernet service offering outside of our service area requires the establishment of multiple, complex interconnection relationships with other carriers. A multi-carrier Ethernet exchange platform would simplify interconnection, reduce costs and speed delivery of Ethernet services to off-net customer locations."

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