Exponential-e switches to 100G

Just in time for this week's Olympic Games, Exponential-e, a UK-based alternative service provider, on Thursday became the latest service provider to incorporate 100G elements in its network.

Built around four major nodes housed in Carrier Neutral Hotels (CNHs)–two in Docklands and two in London–the new network will create what it says is a "robust, low-jitter and latency, high-performance network 'super-core'."

To avoid service disruption, Exponential-e conducted the upgrade outside core business hours over the past year.

The upgrade was conducted to deal with the ongoing growth of data traffic going across its network.

After seeing a "major spike" in data traffic from the Royal Wedding last year, the service provider wanted to be prepared to enable its 1,200 customers and partners to deal with the huge predicted spike that would come from this year's Olympic Games in London.

While the Olympic Games are a near-term priority, Exponential-e CEO Lee Wade said that the upgrading the network to 100G will help it better respond to the growing needs of its customer base.

"Upgrading our network to 100Gig will play a key role in allowing us to deliver the next generation of highly demanding IT solutions for our customers," he said.

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