Tuesday, January 26, 2010

XO Activates South Texas Gateway Serving Mexico

XO Communications is establishing a new gateway on the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas. XO also is expanding its fiber network in Southern Texas by 800 miles, providing greater diverse long-haul routes to San Antonio and Houston through Laredo, McAllen, Harlingen, Corpus Christi and Victoria. The increased connectivity will expand domestic and international customer access to XO's Tier-1 IP backbone and 28,000 route-mile U.S. long-haul/metro network (1.2 million total-mile network).

XO operates several other international gateways to Latin America, including facilities in Miami, San Diego and Los Angeles.

The company noted that Mexico is the third-largest destination for telecom traffic from the U.S., with the U.S.-Mexico voice, private-line, and IP services market totaling nearly $1 billion annually (FCC International Report, 2009). In addition, the country's mobile subscriber base is growing 10 percent annually and its broadband subscriber base is expanding 35 percent annually, according to COFETEL, Mexico's federal government telecom regulator.