XO, Hibernia enter long-haul network pact

Hoping to sate the burgeoning demand for long-haul IP transport capacity, XO and Hibernia Atlantic have reached a deal to provide one another with network connectivity across the U.S. and Europe.

Through this symbiotic collaboration, Hibernia Atlantic will get additional capacity over XO's U.S. network while XO will get access to Hibernia's transatlantic cable network crossings that can serve as a detour around congested routes including New York and London. The timing could not be better for XO, which recently increased the capacity of its nationwide long-haul network to 1.6 Tbps.

Hibernia itself has also been following the network innovation curve as it launched one of the first 40 Gbps networks to cross the Atlantic. And while the service provider has developed a wide-reaching 24,000-km submarine and terrestrial network with applications to fill those pipes, Hibernia realizes that it can't build its network everywhere.

To fill those gaps, Eric Gutshall, EVP of Sales and Marketing for Hibernia Atlantic said the service provider has been seeking out network expansion partnerships with service providers, including XO to keep up with the North American consumer's demand for next-gen streaming video and multimedia services.       

"Over the past two years, XO has made substantial investments to enhance its long-haul and metropolitan infrastructure by expanding its network coverage and offering efficient connectivity with services such as its award-winning Ethernet hub; this is the crux of why we have selected XO at this time," Gutshall said in a statement.

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