First Communications joins the network latency fray

First Communications has become the latest service provider to jump on the network latency train, providing connectivity between two of the busiest financial hubs--Chicago and Newark/New York City.

After deploying this long haul network in October 2009 with 1 Gbps, 2.5 Gbps and 10 Gbps wavelength service capabilities, First Communications, like other service providers (Intellifiber, Level 3, Optimum Lightpath, RCN Metro, Verizon and XO Communications), began seeing an interest from the financial and carrier community for low latency services.

To drive out network latency between the Chicago to NY route, First incorporated technology that can reduce network delay caused by dispersion compensation. First claims that it was able to reduce round trip network latency by 1.4 milliseconds to realize a round trip delay of 17.2 milliseconds.  

But the low latency capabilities aren't going to stop at just the Chicago to New Jersey/New York City route. Carrier and financial customers will be able to access the new route via other cities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois including Cleveland, Akron, Pittsburgh, Reading, Morristown and New York City. First is also is plotting out how it can offer wavelength transport services in Buffalo and other upstate New York cities, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Ashburn, Va. and east coast connectivity such as the Trans-Atlantic crossings on the New Jersey coast.

For more:
- see the release here

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