XO extends service reach into the Toronto market

XO Communications on Tuesday announced it has extended its network into the Toronto market, offering its suite of IP services to both business and wholesale service provider customers.

Don MacNeil, chief marketing officer for XO Communications, said in a press release that the company will now be able to better target four key vertical market segments that are seeing continual growth in Toronto: finance, high-tech, media and telecommunications.

"Our expansion into Canada will enable XO to provide high-capacity network services to better serve businesses like these on both sides of the border, whether they need connectivity in Toronto or high-speed access to markets in the U.S.," he said.

To reach this goal, XO expanded its fiber network to Cologix's 151 Front Street West data center in Toronto. Through this relationship with Cologix, a neutral interconnection and colocation provider, the CLEC is now connected to over a dozen major data center colocation facilities, which in turn connect to more than 150 service providers throughout Canada.

As a result of this expansion effort, XO will be able to offer wholesale and enterprise network services, including Internet access, MPLS-based IP/VPN, private line, Ethernet and wavelength services, scaling to speeds of up to 10 Gbps in Toronto. All of these services will run over a diverse 550-mile Toronto metro and Canadian long-haul fiber network that connects back to the United States in various locations.

This expansion has implications for both XO's own U.S.-based customers and Canadian enterprises and carriers.

For XO's multisite business customers, especially those that plan to establish offices in the city, they can now go to the CLEC instead of having to find another carrier inside Canada and negotiate a deal for service.

Canadian enterprises that want to expand their presence in the United States can work with XO not only to cross the border but even purchase services from the service provider to connect their new locations. Likewise, Canadian carriers that were looking for an off-net connectivity provider to serve large multisite business customer opportunities will also have an alternative choice besides working with one of the large RBOCs like AT&T (NYSE: T) or Verizon (NYSE: VZ).

For more:
- see the release

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