Ethernet services

PacketExchange Swallows Mzima

Two of the Carrier Ethernet service sector's specialist players have joined forces in PacketExchange Ltd. 's acquisition of Mzima for an undisclosed sum. (See PacketExchange, Mzima Merge.)

London-based PacketExchange, which has spent years building an MPLS-based Ethernet services network, and which has opened its wallet to bolster its capabilities before now, says the combined operations will boast more than 500 customers and hundreds of points of presence (POPs) in more than 100 markets. (See PacketEx Trials VLANs, PacketExchange Taps Transmode , PacketExchange Acquires XchangePoint, and PacketExchange Picks Tellabs for MPLS.)

Los Angeles-based Mzima brings not only its customers (mostly corporate and Web-based media firms) to the new entity, but a network architecture that differs from its new parent.

Having built its initial IP transit network using Force10 equipment, Mzima turned its attention to the managed network services sector with a focus on Carrier Ethernet, and upgraded its network in 2009 with equipment from Ciena that enables it to offer packet transport services using PBB-TE (Provider Backbone Transport - Traffic Engineering) capabilities. (See Mzima Deploys Ciena and PacketExchange Goes to Telx.)

Mzima also claims to have one of the world's most powerful content delivery networks, based on its new infrastructure.

Find out more about Mzima in this LRTV interview with Grant Kirkwood, who has become the CTO of the new company.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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