With the expansion of its Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) into additional regions across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America, Verizon is giving multinational corporations (MNCs) even more options to expand their Ethernet LAN services. The new Layer-2 VPLS service, which leverages Verizon's Converged Packet Access (CPA) platform, can deliver what the service provider says is a consistent look and feel for the service regardless of location. Because VPLS is protocol-independent it can support a mix of IP and non-IP applications, meaning customers can control their own routing and take advantage of other Ethernet services from Verizon.
Now reaching 31 countries, including the U.K., France, Germany, India, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea, Verizon is expanding its global VPLS footprint on two fronts. It will leverage a mix of its own On-Net facilities that it has built in these areas and then leverage its large base of access partners (125 partners and 231 services) and Ethernet-Network to Network Interconnection (E-NNI) relationships (133 to date in EMEA, APAC and the Americas). Each of its off-net access and E-NNI partners must pass a rigorous testing process to ensure that it makes the underlying access mechanism delivering the Ethernet service transparent to the end-user.
Since it's a given reality that no one service provider will have network everywhere, Verizon's continual efforts to establish off-net carrier relationships in various international regions will help it effectively compete with other international Ethernet players such as COLT and Orange. But for the MNC that has multiple locations, a far-reaching VPLS service plays to their desire to have one service provider they can turn to for their Ethernet services regardless of location.
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