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Press Release -- April 19th, 2011
Source: Telx Group
Tags: CLEC, Colocation, Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion, Video, Wavelength

iRiS Networks Joins Telx Ethernet Exchange

Wholesale Carrier Ethernet Provider Extends Ethernet Service Delivery Footprint in Atlanta and Chicago

New York, NY (April 19, 2011)Telx®, a leading interconnection and colocation provider in strategic North American markets, today announced that iRiS Networks, a leading wholesale telecommunications provider headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., has joined the Telx Ethernet Exchange. Deployed within Telx’s data centers in Atlanta and downtown Chicago, iRiS Networks will leverage the Ethernet Exchange service to expand its wholesale Ethernet service delivery footprint and explore new opportunities with other Exchange members in these locations.

iRis Networks is a wholesale telecommunications carrier that fulfills the previously unmet need for secure, reliable broadband access for voice, video and data services throughout all of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky, with seamless access to regional and national markets. The company provides broadband services over a 100 percent fiber optic network to competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs), wireless providers, long distance companies and Internet service providers, with the long-haul capacity to accommodate national carriers. iRiS Networks facilitates wireless backhaul services for CLECs and regional providers in need of a reliable, cost-effective alternative to the larger carriers.

“Connecting to the Telx Ethernet Exchange in Atlanta and Chicago enables us to add new circuits, putting our wholesale Ethernet services in front of a substantially larger audience,” said Richard Ebner, vice president of Sales and Marketing, iRiS Networks. “The Telx Ethernet Exchange is a quick and cost-effective way to transport our services to other key cities we want to be in, without the need to invest in additional hardware and infrastructure. Leveraging the Telx Ethernet Exchange, we are realizing an estimated 50 percent reduction in projected expansion costs.”

Telx’s carrier-neutral Ethernet Exchange service is available in New York, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Los Angeles. These locations, combined with Neutral Tandem’s Ethernet Exchange locations through a strategic alliance, deliver the largest Ethernet coverage in the U.S.

“The Telx Ethernet Exchange provides wholesale carriers like iRis Networks with multiple interconnectivity options that can be used to cost-effectively grow and expand business opportunities locally, regionally, nationally or internationally,” said Glenn Calafati, vice president of Interconnection Services for Telx. “With a single connection and ENNI agreement, the Telx Ethernet Exchange delivers direct, reliable access to multiple operators, significantly reducing the time associated with bringing offerings to new markets and customers.”

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 iRiS Networks

iRis Networks is the sure choice for a wholesale carrier’s carrier delivering state-of-the-art, high-speed transport for voice, video and data in and around Tennessee. iRis is a uniquely positioned company providing a gateway to broadband transport to many underserved rural areas of the state. Using the latest technology, known as Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing, iRis also provides fully redundant high capacity transport between the larger Tennessee markets of Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Huntsville, Alabama. For more information, please visit

About Telx

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 880 customers, including 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 To become a fan of Telx on Facebook, go to


Michelle Barry
BridgeView Marketing for Telx
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