BT adds Ethernet nodes in U.S. and Canada

BT (NYSE: BT) is seeing the growing demand for Ethernet-based VPN services so it has expanded the reach of its Ethernet Connect service. The service provider added new nodes in five key markets, including Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Newark and Toronto.

Focused on large enterprises which need a service that will scale with their own demands, Ethernet Connect is currently available in 28 countries with additional countries covered by long lines.

Complementing the new node rollout, the service provider has added three options: Standard, Diverse and Diverse+. Standard offers users a single physical connection from the BT point of presence (PoP) to the customer site, while Diverse and Diverse+ offer two accesses delivered to either the same BT PoP or two access connections delivered to different PoPs.  

"With our ability to provide IP VPN services in more than 170 countries/ territories and Ethernet VPN services in 28 countries, multinational customers with operations in the U.S. and Canada rely on us to keep them connected and to provide value-added services that let them focus on their core business, not their networked IT infrastructure," said Kim McMann, President, BT U.S. and Canada, in a news release.

This move is representative of the table stakes requirements that global Ethernet players need to compete, and in BT's case, they have both--global reach and access to VPNs. Global companies that have either an established presence in these U.S. and Canadian cities or plan to open a new office can look at BT as an option for Ethernet services besides other U.S.-based carriers such as AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) or Canadian operators like Bell Canada (NYSE: BCE).

For more:
- see the release

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