Midwestern Fiber Optic Network Service Provider Joins Telx Ethernet Exchange in Chicago to Augment Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Services
New York, NY (March 21, 2011) – Telx®, a leading interconnection and colocation provider in strategic North American markets, today announced that US Signal, a leader in fiber optic network services in the Midwestern region of the United States, has joined the award-winning Telx Ethernet Exchange. Deployed within Telx’s downtown Chicago data center, US Signal will leverage the Ethernet Exchange to cost-effectively offer its Virtual Ethernet wholesale Ethernet services to a wider range of carriers in previously underserved locations. The Telx Ethernet Exchange reduces cost, time and complexity associated with establishing traditional network-to-network interface (NNI) connections, enabling US Signal to extend its service reach and maximize new business opportunities throughout the Midwest.
“Telx’s Ethernet Exchange gives us the ability to rapidly meet carriers’ increasing connectivity demands in areas that were previously challenging to reach,” said Trevor Bidle, vice president of engineering for US Signal. “We find value in the strategic location of Telx’s Chicago data center, as well as the growing ecosystem of carriers and service providers that make up the Ethernet Exchange. We plan to leverage that community of providers to help us offer our Virtual Ethernet solution to both Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers, enabling us to cost-effectively expand our service area.”
US Signal currently offers over 100 Points of Presence (PoPs) across Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. US Signal’s Virtual Ethernet Service connects customer locations across long distances based on the Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) standard, enabling Ethernet Layer 2 traffic to be transported across an MPLS backbone. As a Telx Ethernet Exchange member, US Signal can now leverage secure, direct access to other Exchange members deployed in Chicago to expand its service reach and offer advanced Ethernet services to outlying areas.
“Telx welcomes US Signal to our high value community of global Ethernet service providers that comprise the Ethernet Exchange. These members can leverage our service to meet the demands of their carrier and enterprise customers, extending their network services reach,” said Glenn Calafati, vice president of interconnection services for Telx. “And with the Telx Ethernet Exchange customer Web portal, companies like US Signal can now quickly and easily connect with other Ethernet providers and carriers within their service locations, making the process even more intuitive and cost-effective.”
About the Telx Ethernet Exchange
Winner of the 2010 INTERNET TELEPHONY® Product of the Year Award, The Telx Ethernet Exchange provides a more efficient and simplified method of interconnecting service provider networks on a one-to-many basis. The Telx Ethernet Exchange is powered by the 6.4 TB/s capable Cisco ASR 9000 hardware platform and the modular Cisco IOS® XR software operating system, simplifying network operations for Ethernet wholesale service providers and Enterprise customers while enabling comprehensive system redundancy and network resiliency. To read more about how Telx helps carriers and services providers extend the reach of their networks, register to read this white paper on Ethernet Exchanges.
About US Signal
US Signal is a leading provider of data bandwidth capacity in the Midwest. US Signal’s network includes more than 9,000 route miles of long-haul fiber and more than 1,100 miles of fiber optic metro rings in 23 markets, connecting regions in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri. The US Signal network provides on-off ramps comprised of major carrier hotel locations, incumbent telephone company central offices and other lit buildings. For more information, please visit http://www.ussignalcom.com.
Telx is a leading provider of interconnection, colocation and business exchange services in strategic, high demand North American markets. With 15 premier facilities, Telx increases speed to market and reduces connectivity costs by providing direct connections to the industry’s highest performance networks and access to more than 800 leading telecommunications carriers, ISPs, content providers and enterprises. Telx is a privately held company headquartered in New York City with four facilities in the New York Metro area, two facilities in Chicago, two facilities in Dallas, three facilities in California, (Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Clara) and facilities in Atlanta, Miami, Phoenix and Charlotte, N.C. For more information about Telx, visit www.telx.com. To become a fan of Telx on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/telxgroup.
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