Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tata Comm Tightens Latency Specs on Global Network with PBB

Tata Communications annnounced a low latency network service connecting major financial capitals in Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The network delivers a pure multipoint Ethernet platform to the financial services sector and other global industries, accelerating global high frequency trading and other low latency applications.

Whereas low latency networks have traditionally been offered over MPLS or relatively expensive layer 1 technologies, Tata Communications is using multipoint Ethernet backed by 802.1ah, Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) technology. The carrier said this enables it to offer up to 35 per cent savings on circuit and operations costs.

Service level agreements (SLAs) for the low latency network include near-real-time latency guarantees. Latency is measured every five minutes on a 24/7 basis, up to two decimals after the millisecond range from PoP to PoP. All data is stored for trend analysis.

John Hoffman, Head of Ethernet Product Management, Tata Communications says, "In this hyper-connected world, connectivity drives the global economy. We are at the centre of this information age with our expansive global network reach and the world's first wholly owned cable ring around the world. The new low latency network is the latest cutting-edge offering in our portfolio. Global financial trading firms initially drove the need for this solution as every millisecond of latency is critical for trading. However, due to rising complexity and importance of specific mission-critical applications, we are also seeing an uptake in demand for similar levels of latency from a growing range of sectors and businesses."