Global Capacity expands Ethernet reach with Overture's 6000 series platform

Global Capacity, a network connectivity provider, has chosen Overture Networks' 6000 series platform to deliver Ethernet service to simultaneously deliver Ethernet and TDM-based services on one Ethernet interconnection, enabling it to reach more customers.

Integrated as a part of Global Capacity's One Hub solution, customers have the option of obtaining a 1 or 10 Gbps External-Network to Network Interconnection (E-NNI) that reaches 3 million U.S. addresses with Ethernet service. As a part of its One Marketplace network, One Hub automatically maps all T1 and DS3 connections to Ethernet VLANs leveraging a single Ethernet port.

A key application the 6000 platform will serve is to expand Global Capacity's reach. It can now connect even more TDM-based customers that want to migrate to Ethernet services but either are not ready for fiber or aren't within reach of a fiber-based solution.

"When we think about extending the reach for our customer base, we think in terms of millions of addresses," said Ben Edmond, chief revenue officer for Global Capacity, in an interview with FierceTelecom. "The reality of the market from a native Ethernet standpoint is just not there so incorporating the reach that we have on the TDM side and simplifying the interconnect process into an Ethernet handoff was the core driver for bringing the relationship of Overture and Global Capacity together."

Overture's 2RU 6000 platform can deliver Ethernet services for up to 672 end-customers that are not directly connected to the fiber network. The platform can perform pre-aggregation of TDM-based IP services that have traditionally required an edge router, which Overture says can save service providers up to 70 percent on total capex.

Overture, however, is only one of the three platforms Global Capacity is using to convert TDM to Ethernet. It also leverages Cisco's (Nasdaq: CSCO) routers and Telco Systems' T-Metro 8006 platform.

"We have a three-pronged strategy with Overture around our core focus of TDM to Ethernet and the conversion that happens there," Edmond said. "We work with Cisco on our native TDM infrastructure and Telco Systems for our native Ethernet deployment that we have in the pure Ethernet environment."

TDM transition is just one part of the service provider's solution set. To accommodate carrier and enterprise customers that are still on legacy packet services, Global Capacity is also offering enterprise customers a path from legacy Frame Relay services to a private IP network solution.

Edmond said Global Capacity is seeing demand for its services from both multisite enterprises and service providers for One Hub.

"It is applicable to both sides of our market, which is wholesale and enterprise with enterprise being that multisite customer that typically has 50 locations or more spread across a market of scale," Edmond said. "The reality of the multisite enterprise marketplace where infrastructure is and is not, we need a complete solution and Overture allows us to have that complete solution to the market.

Edmond added that service providers need "to continue the reach, but do so in a manner that allows for the most capital efficient dollars from a customer perspective."

For more:
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