Global Crossing adds 40 Gbps wavelength service, performance SLAs to portfolio

Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC) has responded to its customers' need for wavelength capacity options by upgrading the terrestrial capacity of its wavelength services to 40 Gbps.

Designed to deliver 40 Gbps services in both core and edge sites, Global Crossing said the upgrade is being implemented on terrestrial routes in North America, Europe and the UK to address bandwidth hungry applications such as telepresence, business continuity, data center virtualization, video on demand, video surveillance and VoIP. The 40 Gbps option is an addition to the current 1 GigE, 2.5 Gbps, 10 Gbps, 10 GigE speeds it offers customers.

Large enterprises, ISPs, international and domestic carriers, and CLECs can use Global Crossing's wavelength services to complete a SONET/SDH ring, expand into an off-net market where a carrier can't prove a business case to build out new fiber, or serve as an interim solution in markets until dark fiber routes are completed.

But the new enhancements aren't just about speeds.

To ensure large enterprise and carrier customers are getting what they pay for when the sign a service agreement, Global Crossing is offering network performance SLAs (service level agreements) for "propagation delay," which is the round-trip time required for a signal to travel the distance between two Global Crossing points of presence, on wavelengths.

Given the increasingly competitive nature of the optical wavelength services market, Global Crossing's move to offer performance SLAs--aspects that carriers and enterprises grew to love with traditional TDM and later Frame Relay services--will enable it to compete against a base of competitive (AboveNet, Level 3, Sidera, and XO Communications) and incumbent players (AT&T, Qwest and Verizon).

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