Global Capacity has lit a new metro fiber ring in the Washington, D.C., area, a build that will expand the availability of its One Marketplace network over more of its own network facilities in key U.S. Internet markets.
With this 54-mile diverse fiber ring in place, Global Capacity will interconnect its points of presence (PoPs) located within Level 3 Communications' 1755 Old Meadow Road facility in McLean, Va., and Equinix's Ashburn, Va., data center.
What's significant about these connections is that it will enable the company to more effectively respond to its multisite business customers' needs to get connectivity to cloud services and applications.
The D.C. area has emerged as a major Internet and network exchange point. The Ashburn data center is a critical East Coast hub for cloud and application service providers, where through a direct Ethernet connection, One Marketplace is connected into the Equinix Cloud Exchange.
Offering speed options scaling from as low as 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps, the service provider will offer its suite of dedicated Internet access, Ethernet services, and wavelength services along with data center and cloud connectivity solutions.
Washington, D.C. is just one of many markets where Global Capacity is building out its own fiber facilities. The service provider constructed a similar ring in Dallas, where it will provide access and local loop capabilities for IP transit and traditional point-to-point bandwidth.
These new network facilities will serve as a complement its effort to offer MPLS VPN services across its entire footprint, something it gained after purchasing MegaPath's wholesale business last fall. That acquisition enabled Global Capacity to extend its wholesale MPLS VPN service across 9.6 million locations.
Having more of its own fiber connected into more buildings and key data centers will enable Global Capacity to differentiate itself from other competitors. According to a Vertical Systems Group worldwide survey of Carrier Ethernet service providers, respondents said that having an abundance of fiber in their network and the reach into buildings are two key issues they will focus on in 2015 and beyond.
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