RCN Metro's (NasdaqGS: RCNI) newly-minted partnerships with three emerging Ethernet Exchange operators--CENX, Equinix (NasdaqGS: EQIX) and Neutral Tandem--reflects the fact that expanding its Ethernet out of region through carrier partnerships, while necessary, comes with the price of having to strike complex one-off interconnection agreements.
By taking an all-of-the-above approach with its latest Ethernet expansion drive in its New York City and Chicago markets, RCN Metro will be able extend the availability of its Ethernet services to local, national, and international service providers via Ethernet Exchange Carriers in New York City and Chicago at speeds that scale as low 1 Mbps and up to 10 Gbps.
While each of these Ethernet Exchange carriers are coming at the interconnection problem in their own way, their presence is one tool service providers such as RCN Metro and its wholesale customers can use to expand their reach without sacrificing service quality or support.
Felipe Alvarez, President of RCN Metro said "standardized network interconnections will make it easier for wholesale carriers to purchase and sell our Ethernet services without compromising our service differentiation." He added that "Ethernet exchanges deliver an efficient and cost effective method of interconnecting on a one-to-many basis."
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