Verizon expands Ethernet footprint worldwide

Verizon expands Ethernet footprint worldwide

Verizon has expanded its Ethernet service offerings to Europe and Asia.

Enterprises can use familiar Ethernet interfaces to tap into Verizon Communications' global network from Europe and Asia following an expansion announced Wednesday by the carrier's Verizon Business unit.

Ethernet links to a carrier network can allow enterprises to buy just the bandwidth they need and use the same type of interface used on their LANs. Verizon Business, formed after the merger of Verizon and MCI, has extended Ethernet access to the IP Private Line service created by MCI to cities in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, said Michael Marcellin, director of Ethernet and IP services for Verizon Business.

IP Private Line is an IP VPN (Internet Protocol virtual private network) service that can give different classes of service to different applications. Customers already can access it via Ethernet from anywhere in the U.S.

Verizon Business also is now offering a variety of pure Ethernet WAN (wide-area network) services in the European cities, Marcellin said. Those services are already available in many U.S. cities. Also Wednesday, the carrier announced it was expanding its Ethernet infrastructure in Boston, New York, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle and Tampa, Florida, so that it will be easier and less expensive for Verizon to reach the average customer in those cities with an Ethernet service, Marcellin said.

The company's pure Ethernet services, as well as Ethernet access to IP Private Line, are now available in Europe for the first time. They are available in London; Amsterdam; Brussels; Stockholm; Milan; Zurich; Paris and Lyon, France; and Frankfurt and Hilden, Germany. In the Asia-Pacific region, Ethernet access to IP Private Line is now available in eight cities: Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Auckland, Seoul, Taipei, Melbourne and Sydney.

Pure Ethernet services allow an enterprise to handle the connections among facilities in multiple cities as they would an Ethernet LAN, Marcellin said. They are generally best suited to enterprises with fewer than 30 sites.

IP Private Line is better for reaching a larger number of sites using Verizon's routed network, but customers can use Ethernet to reach that service if they want a wider choice of speeds than they can get with leased lines such as a 1.5M bps (bits-per-second) T-1 or a 45M bps T-3, he said. For customers using IP Private Line, Verizon Business offers Ethernet links ranging from 1M bps to 100M bps. It will offer 1G bps interfaces later this year, Marcellin said. Verizon Business can deliver the Ethernet services over direct fiber connections it has at some buildings, as well as in selected other locations.

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