Ethernet Dons Transatlantic Dress
Ethernet’s gradual move into the wide-area network (WAN) means that European operators are seeing demand rise for transatlantic connections -- a trend that’s reflected in the global Ethernet services directory being compiled by Light Reading.
As in North America, coverage in Europe remains limited to a small number of major cities, but enterprises are increasingly looking for at least one of those cities to be in the U.S.
U.K. service provider Exponential-e Ltd., for example, is among those seeing more demand from customers wanting transatlantic connectivity, according to managing director Lee Wade. There are so many benefits to Ethernet, he says, that companies are eager to extend those benefits to their wide-area communications. With its PowerUSA series, the operator offers Ethernet access and connectivity services between London and New York, with access to another 50 U.S. cities through its partners.
Elsewhere in Europe, enterprises can also get links between New York and Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and other major cities, from carriers such as TeliaSonera International Carrier (TIC) and Interoute Telecommunications Ltd.
The transatlantic traffic isn’t only flowing one way -- in addition to its largely financial and media enterprise customers in the U.K., Wade says, Exponential-e finds it's also providing "more links for U.S. carriers that need connections in London."
And this week, White Plains, N.Y.–based AboveNet Inc. launched an Ethernet WAN service, which provides virtual private line connections between 12 U.S. cities and London (see AboveNet Launches Ethernet WAN Service). Other providers offering Euro links include Level 3 Communications Inc. and Cogent Communications Group Inc. (Amex: COI), which acquired a European network early this year (see Cogent Expands With Euro Acquisitions).
The services enable companies with offices on both sides of the Atlantic to communicate between locations as if they were part of the LAN, which, in the words of Exponential-e’s cheesy marketing on its Website, "reduces the big pond to a mere puddle."
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— Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading