Equinix (Nasdaq: EQIX) and Neutral Tandem's (Nasdaq: TNDM) new partnership to provide a single point of contact for Ethernet services reflects the service provider's move to extend their service reach for large multisite customers that want one provider to handle their services.
Equinix's Ethernet carrier exchange concept
Under the terms of the agreement that was announced during this week's PTC '12 trade show in Honolulu, Hawaii, Equinix will offer any of its Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange (ECEE) participants the ability to use Neutral Tandem's EtherCloudSM Layer-2 connectivity network and platform to streamline and accelerate Ethernet service delivery into new markets.
A key point here is simplifying the interconnection process service providers need to partake in as they enter into new markets where they have either limited or no presence.
By leveraging Neutral Tandem's EtherCloud service, which is available in 70 countries with access to both Tier 2 and Tier 3 markets, ECEE participants will have one source for multicarrier local loop arrangements, E-NNI agreements, service provisioning, and SLAs.
"Together with Neutral Tandem, we're helping solve a very critical problem: how to drive more services into more markets," said Jim Poole, general manager, global networks & mobility for Equinix. "We're giving participants in our Ethernet Exchange a single point of contact in Neutral Tandem to manage the delivery of Ethernet and VPLS services on a global scale."
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