Category Archives: Ethernet Services

Cloud and OTT Are Fueling Ethernet Demand

Ethernet is now the technology of choice for enterprise SD-WAN, Hybrid WAN and Cloud connectivity solutions. Global Capacity recently announced the expansion of seven One Marketplace PoPs throughout its North American network, which includes six Ethernet local access aggregation points and three high performance Ethernet Backbone points that are purposely built for demanding Cloud, OTT and data services. The locations now Ethernet-enabled include Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, PA, Minneapolis, MN, and three new PoPs in Boston, MA, Kansas City, MO, and Vienna, VA. The locations added to the high performance Ethernet backbone include Kansas City, MO, Minneapolis, MN and Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sicily Is Fast Becoming a Hotspot for Global Connectivity

Many global Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are now eyeing Sicily for its strategic location into Europe, Africa and beyond.

One Italian Internet Service Provider (ISP), Enter, recently expanded into the Sparkle Sicily Hub, which is a next-generation data center in Palermo. The new Palermo Point of Presence (PoP) provides access to the lowest latency paths from Africa to Europe, Asia and the Middle East by enabling direct interconnections to DE-CIX Palermo. Enter’s other European PoPs include Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris and Stockholm.

Solving the Demand for Hybrid and SD-WAN Networking, and Providing Connectivity to Businesses Without Access to Fiber

For years, many telecom industry analysts have pointed to fiber as the future of internet access. The reality is that fiber-based services are available in only about a third of office buildings across the U.S., primarily in downtown metro areas or large corporate parks. This is because the economics of running fiber do not support geographies with more modest commercial building densities, which means that more than two thirds of businesses today have few options for acquiring high-speed internet access. But advancements in technology are allowing increases in data speeds as well as distances from carrier aggregation equipment when using copper wires, making Ethernet over Copper (EoC) more attractive for businesses, as well as a solution for the surge in demand for hybrid and SD-WAN networking.

MEF 2016 Excellence Award-Winners Moving the Third Network Forward

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This week, the telecommunications industry gathered at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland, for the MEF16 (www.MEF16.com) global networking conference. The event, hosted by MEF (www.MEF.net), featured the presentation of the MEF 2016 Excellence Awards.

Word Is Spreading About ‘The Third Network’

word-is-spreading-about-the-third-networkIf you haven’t heard about the Third Network, now’s the time. The Third Network combines the internet and Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) and enables the delivery of on-demand, assured network services like software defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and lifecycle service orchestration (LSO) directly to businesses.

Network Operators, It’s Time to Embrace the ‘Third Network’

Business People Meeting Discussion Working Office ConceptNetwork operators today are face a great deal of pressure to deliver on demand, SLA-backed, self-service offerings over interconnected data communications networks. To accomplish this, many are turning to a cutting-edge solution, which MEF, the global defining body for Carrier Ethernet (CE), refers to as the “Third Network.”

MEF Releases Two White Papers on Carrier Ethernet Service Assurance

Global network backgroundMEF just released a pair of new white papers to help businesses understand carrier Ethernet service assurance.

Assurance is a foundational element of widely-deployed MEF CE 2.0 (carrier Ethernet) services. It’s very important, especially when considering the widespread business migration to dynamic Third Network services over combined virtual and physical networks powered by technologies, such as LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration), SDN, and NFV technologies.

Vertical Systems Group: Mid-Year 2016 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD

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Orange retains the top rank; Level 3 advances

global-lb-mid-2016-e1472652953500BOSTON, MA, September 7, 2016 – Vertical Systems Group’s Mid-Year 2016 Global Provider Ethernet LEADERBOARD results are as follows (in rank order based on retail port share): Orange Business (France), Colt (U.K.), BT Global Services (U.K.), AT&T (U.S.), Level 3 (U.S.), Verizon(U.S.) and NTT (Japan). The Global Provider LEADERBOARD is the industry’s benchmark for multinational Ethernet network market presence, ranking companies that hold a 4% or higher share of billable retail ports at sites outside of their respective home countries.