XO on Wednesday signed an agreement to extend its new 100G network via Equinix's (Nasdaq: EQIX) International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers in the United States.
Although XO and Equinix have been working with one another for a number of years, this new alliance will provide various benefits to their respective customers, including: capacity to public, hybrid and private cloud providers; a reduction in network latency; improvements to the user experience with high-speed content distribution; and access to business-grade Ethernet services.
A key focus of this partnership is centered on assisting XO's wholesale service provider customers. XO's cable, wireless operator and telco customers will be able to get direct access to 100G services, which are already present in 47 of Equinix's data centers,.
Along with its two main optical vendors--Nokia Siemens Networks and Ciena (Nasdaq: CIEN)--XO deployed the 100G service inside Equinix. Existing and new customers will be able to test the new 100G service via Equinix's Solution Validation Centers in major markets such as Silicon Valley, Calif., and Ashburn, Va., in addition to new centers it is building in both London and Singapore.
Building this relationship is important for XO as it just launched its 100G network. Making its service available via Equinix could make it easier for its carrier customers that have existing connections into their facilities and need to get quick access to 100G wholesale services.
The CLEC recently completed the buildout of one of the first nationwide 100G intercity and long-haul networks, one that includes a link between Equinix's data centers in Silicon Valley, Calif., and Washington, D.C. Later, it named Ciena as its optical supplier for its 100G metro and regional network plans.
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