Wholesale/transport services

Global Capacity Adds MPLS to Its Service Mix

Global Capacity today announced a major expansion to its service set that will make MPLS virtual private network service available across its entire national footprint. (See Global Capacity Expands MPLS Nationally.)

Global Capacity 's One Marketplace core network covers 98% of the US footprint or 9.6 million business addresses and pushing MPLS VPNs out to all of those is an important next stage for the company, says Mary Stanhope, VP-Product and Marketing. The company added Layer 3 to its Layer 1 and 2 offerings with its acquisition of MegaPath, and now is delivering the entire set of services via its automated front end, which makes it easy to design and price multi-location, multi-technology networks.

"This makes an important business service available across our 41 points of presence, 86 aggregation points, 2,007 COs and 4,513 last-mile network interconnections," she comments. Initially these are available on a wholesale basis to Global Capacity's roster of partners, but they will soon be ready for retailing to enterprises as well.

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By offering MPLS VPNs over the diversity of access technologies covered by One Marketplace, including Ethernet, T1 and DSL connections, Global Capacity intends to make it easier for businesses with multiple locations to connect all of those securely and more simply, with the ability to scale bandwidth as needs change. The product line features five quality-of-service levels to support voice, video and cloud services.

"What we are able to do is give enterprises the right connectivity for the right connection," Stanhope says. "They may want Carrier Ethernet for their data center, MPLS for their enterprise offices and Internet access for those other 400 locations that are remote small offices. What we can talk to enterprises about now is a hybrid approach."

The automated function of the One Marketplace will allow Global Capacity's wholesale partners to offer those connections to their customers regardless of the access method used.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

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