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Press Release -- April 13th, 2011
Source: AboveNet, Equinix
Tags: Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion

AboveNet, EANTC and Equinix Complete Interoperability Tests for London to Frankfurt Network

AboveNet Infrastructure Supports Carrier Ethernet Standards for Interoperability

WHITE PLAINS, New York and LONDON, April 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AboveNet, Inc. (NYSE:ABVT - News), a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions, today announced its successful completion of real world pan-European interoperability tests carried out by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) across Equinix's Carrier Ethernet Exchange (ECEE) platform between London and Frankfurt.

By participating in the EANTC tests, AboveNet has further validated its product portfolio capabilities and compliance with MEF (Metro Ethernet Forum) standards for quality and interoperability. By adding two new Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange locations in Europe to its existing US connections provides an even wider audience access to AboveNet's extensive Ethernet, VPN and IP suite of products.

According to leading analysts, the growing demand for Ethernet services is expected to reach $40 billion by 2015. Utilising the Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange will provide AboveNet a platform to interconnect to other exchange members for fast, scalable deployments.

"Equinix is delighted that AboveNet participated in the interoperability testing process as it helps us demonstrate our leadership in the development and deployment of Carrier Ethernet services," commented Jim Poole, General Manager, Global Networks and Mobility at Equinix.

Brett Johnson, vice president, Business Development in Europe at AboveNet commented, "AboveNet's successful completion of the interoperability testing by EANTC coincides with a rapid acceleration of our Ethernet services and network expansion across Europe."

"The interoperability test results prove our commitment to the provisioning of Ethernet services through carrier exchange platforms. Our customers will benefit as we will be able to rapidly deploy our services to more locations and offer our customers the enhanced levels of service they expect from AboveNet."

Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange is a global, network-neutral service that improves quality and reduces the cost and complexity of facilitating transactions between Layer 2 Ethernet networks.

EANTC, based in Berlin, Germany, offers independent telecom network test services including interoperability and performance testing across multiple platforms. AboveNet supplied its eWAN service between London & Frankfurt enabling EANTC to build and test both point to point and point to multipoint network topologies, proving carrier Ethernet interoperability in a pan European environment.

About AboveNet

AboveNet, Inc. is a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions for business and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and between top U.S. and European markets. AboveNet's network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial and legal services, media, health care, retail and government. More information is available at http://www.above.net

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