TelePacific says interconnection is a 'necessary component' for SD-WAN, unified communications

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Now that TelePacific has established itself as a nationwide service provider following its acquisition of DCSI, the competitive provider will continue to establish new network to network interconnection (NNI) agreements with other carriers to support SD-WAN and unified communications.

Thus far, the service has established over 30 agreements with multiple service providers, including incumbent telcos, cable operators and other competitive providers.

Rick Girardin, SVP of Engineering for TelePacific, said that the NNI agreements it has are really an enabler for its recently announced SD-WAN service.

“We probably have 30-plus NNI arrangements with other carriers, but unlike companies like Nitel who specialize in interconnection services, we see as a necessary component of the network and is not something we go out and market,” Girardin said. “We’re out there marketing the SD-WAN service piece.”

TelePacific has continued to be aggressive in garnering agreements with large carriers like AT&T.

In 2015, TelePacific expanded its Ethernet over 3rd Party Vendor (Eo3PV) agreement with AT&T that allows it to reach customers outside of its traditional territory.

TelePacific currently has over 30 10 Gbps NNIs with AT&T already.

The service provider has also taken a transport-agnostic approach to its Ethernet rollout, offering a mix of Eo3PV, Ethernet over broadband wireless, Ethernet over Copper (EoC) and available fiber.

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Those interconnection agreements will be supported by implementing Ciena’s 8700 Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certified platform, TelePacific can provide business customers a host of packet-based services.

Additionally, the platform will allow TelePacific to offer a variety of optical wavelengths, up to 100G, which can be activated to respond to customer demand.

“With the 8700 deployment to these major markets we’re looking at putting our next-gen services over the top,” Girardin said. “By establishing NNIs with carriers like Cox, Comcast and Verizon, we can lease Ethernet transport, aggregate to those markets as well as peer with the major broadband carriers and bring those in as well.”

This enables TelePacific to be loop agnostic to support new services like unified communications and SD-WAN with minimal latency.

While TelePacific will continue to garner NNI arrangements with other carriers, Girardin said the service provider is starting to shed the CLEC designation as it becomes a provider of next-gen IP services.

“We even stopped trying to use the word CLEC because don’t see ourselves competing with the LEC anymore and have become much less reliant on the LEC,” Girardin said.