Sprint extends Ethernet reach into Spain via Interxion

Sprint (NYSE: S) is extending its Ethernet service presence deeper into Europe by establishing a new point of presence (PoP) at Interxion, a carrier-neutral colocation data center provider in Madrid.

By establishing this relationship with Interxion, Sprint can quickly access the data center provider's broad range of carriers and ISPs while creating new opportunities for multinational customers that want to expand further into Europe. 

Interxion and Sprint are hardly strangers. Sprint previously established PoPs in Interxion's Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Brussels and Vienna data centers.

Albeit a bit later to the Ethernet services game, Sprint has been expanding its Ethernet access capabilities to its growing MPLS service through its work with various access provider partners and data center providers. To date, it offers MPLS services in 157 countries and Ethernet access in 80 countries as well as in 147 cities in the United States.

Ethernet access services continue to be a priority for Sprint. In 2013, the service provider plans to continue building out existing markets with Ethernet while adding new markets in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Besides Ethernet, Sprint could use the latest data center expansion to extend its SIP trunking capabilities to more existing and new customers that are considering, or are in the process of, migrating away from TDM-based trunking services.

While known more for its wireless skills, Sprint's wireline growth efforts for large enterprises have gotten the attention of Gartner Group, which upped its profile from niche player to challenger on its latest Magic Quadrant for Global Network Service Providers.

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