Monday, January 10, 2011

Qwest Launches Ethernet over MPLS/DWDM (E-Line)

Qwest launched a new "iQ" E-Line service that provides enterprise customers with a low-latency, private line solution suitable for media transport and other mission-critical applications.

Qwest's E-Line service leverages its DWDM and dedicated MPLS network technologies to combine the benefits of intelligent routing with the advantages of full bandwidth utilization. The fully managed service offers bandwidth in increments from 5 Mbps up to 1 Gbps. When combined with multiplexing, the solution allows for hub-and-spoke multi-site connections within or between any of E-Line's 16 markets currently for long-haul and metro applications: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Mo., Los Angeles, New York, Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Phoenix, Sunnyvale, Calif., Tampa, Fla., and Washington, D.C.

Qwest said its E-line service may be rapidly provisioned. Hibernia Media, which provides managed video transport services, is a lead customer.

"By leveraging the latest technology to reduce our costs, Qwest has rolled out a feature-rich service that drives applications and is simple to integrate with customers' existing networks. It will be hard for other private line technologies to match the high performance and high reliability at E-Line's price point. Customers like Hibernia Media will enjoy lower latency, along with better predictability and control over their applications," stated Eric Bozich, vice president of Qwest National Network Services.