Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from data center networking companies:
CENX announces D.C. Ethernet Exchange. CENX announced the launching of a new Carrier Ethernet Exchange at CoreSite’s (COR) Washington DC data center at 1275 K Street. The new exchange will be the company’s 10th world-wide and is in response to accelerated customer demand. It is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2011. “We believe the combination of CENX’s industry-leading Carrier Ethernet exchanges with CoreSite’s Washington, DC interconnection hub creates an ideal environment for the successful development of a significant Carrier Ethernet exchange,” said Nan Chen, President of CENX. Verizon (VZ) also announced that it is expanding availability of Ethernet services using the nationwide CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchange to include Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. In June 2010, Verizon Global Wholesale and its Ethernet exchange partner CENX earned top honors from Global Telecoms Business magazine for providing Verizon’s wholesale customers simplified access to a broad range of Ethernet services.
Level 3 signs TSI and expands into South America. Level 3 Communications (LVLT) announced that it has signed an agreement with TSI, a regional service provider based in Los Angeles. Level 3 will provide TSI with a suite of voice services as well as data capabilities that will broaden the breadth of services TSI provides to its regional and national customers and enhance its network capabilities. “We chose Level 3 because of the company’s ability to provide Tier 1 carrier-grade services at rates that allow us to compete more effectively against other regional service providers. Level 3’s comprehensive voice services have enabled us to offer our customers premium solutions that capitalize on this rising demand and strengthen our national position,” said Deborah Ward, CEO for TSI. Level 3 also announced an agreement with INTERNEXA, a leading telecommunications carrier with extensive regional coverage with more than 18,000 kilometers of fiber-optic network across seven countries in South America, to expand Level 3’s content delivery network (CDN) services to Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Peru. “We’re effectively building the next generation of Internet in South America. A large amount of the data demand in South America is for content that originates in North America, which is why we’re combining forces with Level 3 and their impressive CDN to deliver a high-quality IP Transit service. We’re making it possible to provide this content directly from our region over our network,” said Genaro García Domínguez, CEO of INTERNEXA.
Juniper expands mobile Internet with TCA Series. Juniper Networks (JNPR) announced the TCA Series Timing Appliance portfolio to provide high-precision timing and synchronization critical for time-sensitive applications. Designed to provide sub-microsecond time and phase accuracy, the TCA Series delivers scalable and flexible timing for mobile networks to ensure high quality of experience. The TCA Series was derived from technology acquired from Brilliant Telecommunications. “As mobile backhaul networks transition to packet-based transport networks, providing reliable clock synchronization over these networks has become a critical requirement,” said Rami Rahim, senior vice president of Juniper Networks. “The industry-leading technology assets from Brilliant Telecommunications will enable tighter integration in our mobile backhaul solution and extend our offerings to converged service providers, allowing them to deliver superior experience for multimedia applications which will dominate traffic in the future.”