Level 3's two-pronged Ethernet expansion process through its own network investments and interconnection arrangements just got a bit easier as it has established a connection to CENX's Carrier Ethernet Exchange in its Chicago market.
Similar to other service providers expanding their Ethernet footprint through External-Network to Network Interconnection (E-NNI) arrangements, Level 3 traditionally had to conduct such agreements with other carriers on a one-to-one basis. The wholesale provider's entry into the CENX exchange means it can simplify and expedite delivery of Ethernet services by enabling them to connect on a one-to-many basis. Making its services more palatable to potential wholesale and retail customers, Level 3 has gained MEF 9 and 14 specifications for services it will offer on the CENX Ethernet Exchange.
Level 3's move into the Ethernet Exchange in Chicago, which follows Verizon's announcement to join last week, is another point of validation for the young CENX. To keep that validation process alive, CENX will need to continue to bring on not only more wholesale carriers, but other large incumbent carriers (AT&T and Qwest) that are expanding their Ethernet footprints with E-NNI arrangements.
- see the release here
CENX: Simplifying the interconnection process - Global Ethernet Report
Verizon expands Ethernet presence through CENX
Ethernet NNI-keeping services consistent!
CENX, Equinix launch global Ethernet exchange services