Lightower Fiber Networks Extends its All-Fiber Network into TELEHOUSE New York Chelsea

Posted by Caitlin O'Hagan on April 11th, 2012

TELEHOUSE America announces today that Lightower Fiber Networks has expanded its all-fiber network into TELEHOUSENewYork Chelsea, located at 85 10th Avenue. The network build provides TELEHOUSE clients and partners with a seamless connection to Lightower’s full range of networking solutions through a simple cross connect.

Lightower Fiber Networks is the premier metro fiber and bandwidth provider in the Northeast. The all-fiber network provides enterprises, financial firms, media companies, and service providers access to advanced services including 40G and 100G Ethernet and wavelengths, ultra-low latency networking, dark fiber, private networking, SONET, and video transport.

The extension of Lightower’s fiber network into the Chelsea facility brings expanded options to TELEHOUSE clients and carrier partners. In the heart of the Meatpacking District, TELEHOUSE New York Chelsea is a prime location for firms of all sizes and across varied industries, including finance, legal, media, and healthcare. The facility has over 60,000 sq. ft. of secure colocation space built with N+1 power configurations including 2.5MVA diesel-powered generators and redundant cooling systems.To learn more about TELEHOUSE America, visit To learn about Lightower Fiber Networks, visit


MEF Introduces Carrier Ethernet 2.0

Posted by Caitlin O'Hagan on February 24th, 2012

This article was originally posted by ConvergeDigest.

The Metro Ethernet Forum introduced a set of “Carrier Ethernet 2.0″ specifications aimed at revolutionizing the efficiency and usability of Ethernet service delivery through the addition of three standardized features: Multi-class-of-service (Multi-CoS), Interconnect and Manageability.

Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is defined by its ability to deliver differentiated applications over interconnected, managed networks globally. Whereas the first generation of Carrier Ethernet standardized E-Line and E-LAN services, CE 2.0 standardizes Multi-CoS over eight interconnected services, including two versions of E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access.

Newly defined Multi-CoS extensions will now ensure standardized performance objectives across geographic boundaries, resulting in improved QoS and optimized efficiency on a global scale. New interconnect specifications extend the reach between carriers, and new management specifications provide scalability and measurability not previously possible. A new Mobile Backhaul Implementation Agreement creates a standard for 4G mobile backhaul services through Multi-CoS-enable interconnects.

The Metro Ethernet Forum cited several benefits for enterprises and Service Providers, most notably better service level agreements (SLAs) per location regardless of location.

Key standards and implementation agreements supporting CE 2.0 were completed by the MEF in January. The Metro Ethernet Forum is also planning to offer CE 2.0 certifications. 


Join Sidera Networks at Metro Connect 2012

Posted by Caitlin O'Hagan on February 14th, 2012

Sidera Networks is excited to participate at Capacity Metro Connect USA 2012, taking place February 28-29 in Miami, Florida.

Join Sidera as CEO, Mike Sicoli participates on the Executive Keynote Panel “Financial and Strategic Predictions for the M&A Landscape in 2012” on Tuesday, February 28th at 9:45 a.m. Clint Heiden, president of Sidera Networks, will moderate the panel “Profitable Ethernet in the Metro Market and Network Challenges” on Wednesday, February 29th at 11:15 a.m.

Sidera Networks is also sponsoring the coffee break on Tuesday at 10:30 am. To schedule a meeting with Sidera at Metro Connect, email

 For more information about Sidera and its industry leading network solutions, visit or follow Sidera on Twitter @sidera_networks.


Zayo Joins Telx Ethernet Exchange

Posted by Jaymie Scotto on October 5th, 2011

Telx announces that Zayo has joined the Telx Ethernet Exchange. By joining the Telx Ethernet Exchange, located in Telx’s downtown Atlanta data center, Zayo can continue to grow its 518 mile metro fiber network. Telx, a leading interconnection and data center provider, offers the Ethernet Exchange as an advanced e-commerce tool connecting publishers, subscribers, providers and consumers with buyers and sellers of advanced network and application based services, providing simple, easy access to advanced IP products and network technologies.

Zayo’s interconnection with Telx will further extend network reach, opening new business opportunities with other wholesale buyers and sellers of Ethernet while ensuring end-to-end cross network quality of service. Zayo’s Ethernet service offering is designed as a carrier-grade transport alternative for traditional TDM, SONET, ATM and Frame Relay networks. Zayo offers protected and unprotected Ethernet with multiple interface options and speeds.

For more information on Zayo’s Ethernet service offerings, visit


TELEHOUSE America’s Partnership with Sidera Provides Low Latency Network Infrastructure

Posted by Caitlin O'Hagan on July 18th, 2011

TELEHOUSE America announces that Sidera Networks will provide its ultra low latency, scalable, reliable network infrastructure to TELEHOUSE customers for increased resiliency and advanced performance. Sidera’s network delivers unique access between major financial exchanges and leading colocation facilities throughout the New York and New Jersey metropolitan areas. The partnership provides Sidera Networks access to TELEHOUSE’s premier colocation space with low to no cross connect fees.

Through this relationship, TELEHOUSE America’s clients can utilize Sidera Networks’ low-latency network, which provides connections between leading financial exchanges and other on-net facilities. TELEHOUSE’s carrier neutral data centers in New York City: 85 10th Avenue in Chelsea, 25 Broadway in the Wall Street area, and 7 Teleport Drive on Staten Island will now have access to Sidera’s first-class network, designed for reliable, flexible, low-latency and high capacity connectivity.

The entire press release can be found at to learn more about TELEHOUSE America, visit


Join TELEHOUSE America for Peering 102

Posted by Caitlin O'Hagan on July 14th, 2011

Join TELEHOUSE America on July 21st at 11 am for the second part of its Peering Webinar Series. Building on the presentation from Peering 101, TELEHOUSE will dive deeper into the technical aspects of Peering.

The webinar will examine the ways of connecting to TELEHOUSE’s Peering Exchange, how to maximize peering and share traffic, and how TELEHOUSE’s equipment can offer new, advanced services beyond the standard Peering Exchange. Featured speakers include Akio Sugeno, VP of Internet Engineering and Operations and Fred Cannone, Director of Sales.

Register now to secure your participation in the second part of TELEHOUSE’s Peering Webinar Series. For more information please email,


PTGi International Carrier Services Joins Telx Ethernet Exchange

Posted by Jaymie Scotto on June 29th, 2011

PTGi ICS has joined the Telx Ethernet Exchange to simplify access for its Metro New York customers. This interconnection will leverage the facility-neutral Ethernet Exchange to enable fast and cost-effective access to PTGi’s data services platform. As a long standing customer of Telx, the Ethernet Exchange is an additional way for customers in the New York metro area to reach PTGi’s data services platform as well as thexchangeSM to buy and sell VoIP termination.

Interconnecting at the Telx Ethernet Exchange eliminates the need for a local loop, and provides PTGi with connectivity from 60 Hudson Street, 111 8th Avenue and Clifton, NJ. PTGi delivers innovative voice and IP solutions that assist communications companies in creating efficient and valuable global interconnections. Through the Telx Ethernet Exchange, PTGi can distribute their product set while offering greater connectivity to customers in the New York Metro area that require secure, flexible and cost-effective Internet and Voice over IP services.

To learn more about PTGi ICS and its voice and data services, visit



What’s the Real Deal on Level 3′s Global Crossing Acquisition?

Posted by Jaymie Scotto on April 12th, 2011

By Jaymie Scotto Cutaia

Level 3 Communications says it will buy IP solutions and networking provider Global Crossing. The transaction is valued at $23.04 per share, or approximately $3 billion, including the assumption of approximately $1.1 billion of net debt from Global Crossing. The deal will be an all-stock transaction.

Already folks are speculating on why this deal is huge news.  Acccording to Dean Takahashi on Deals & More, “the deal brings a much-needed consolidation to the broadband market, where the potential for traffic growth is huge but the major players have been hurt by low prices.”

And Gigaom says that the deal will give Level 3 more clout to negotiate with bigger telecommunications players, such as Comcast, even as network ownership consolidates into the hands of fewer players.

But can we boil this down further?

Both L3 and Global Crossing are losing money.  Level3 lost $622 million last year and hasn’t turned a profit since 1998, according to Mr. Takahshi.  And Global Crossing lost $172 million in 2010 and it last turned an annual profit in 2003.

So why now and why an all-stock transaction?  How can a negative and a negative add up to a positive?  What’s the real pay-off here?

Let’s go back to the quote from John Legere, the CEO of Global Crossing, in the official press release, which stated, “The timing of this combination is perfect. The demand for online content – in all its forms – has created unprecedented demand for bandwidth, and our combined platform will enable us to move massive amounts of content around the world, largely on our own facilities, under our control. The need to bring scale to the market is more important than ever before, and that is something that the combined company will have – in spades.”

As Mr. Legere stressed, the deal is all about “on our own facilities, under our control”. This is a direct reference to owning- and therefore controlling the fiber.  The telecom world is quickly dividing into two factions: those who have fiber and those who do not.

This critical infrastructure— and then the power to select whom has access to this infrastructure–   is becoming an apparent, all-out battle.  It stirs up the old net neutrality argument— and how those who have control over the last mile of fiber can thereby dictate the terms, especially for the enterprise market.  So how do we right this ship and get out of the death spiral?  I’ll tell you this: I’m not holding my breath until Global Crossing and Level3 let me have access to their fiber stock.

We need an immediate, carrier and network-neutral, dark fiber provider that is willing to incur the outrageous start-up costs (ideally with government support- if Obama is still interested in his big broadband push) so we can actually lay the much-needed fiber ducts across the expansive USA, to allow folks in the Bible Belt- and the non-NFL cities- to have access to choice and to ‘fiber freedom’.  We need to take the technology that’s blossoming on the east and west coast – and bring it to rural America who could use the fiber and connectivity and access for increasing the wealth of education, starting businesses and saving the family farms.  As a woman who spends her time between the city and the country, and sees the disparity between “those who have” and “those who have not” on a regular basis, it’s time to connect our country.

The 2011 SubTel Forum had a great article called “2011: The Year of the Investment to Neutral, Dark Fiber Network Infrastructure” — and it points out clearly that this is Allied Fiber’s plan— to build the necessary dark fiber infrastructure and give access to all.  And that this fiber plan can be duplicated in metro communities, over and over again, and similar to the Internet, can branch out and reach the hard-to-reach.

This sounds more like the big deal to me.


AboveNet Expands Connections Through Neutral Tandem’s Ethernet Network

Posted by laurensauer on March 16th, 2011

AboveNet announced today they are expanding their network capabilities through Neutral Tandem’s Ethernet Exchange network at their 75 Broad Street location in New York, NY. With this agreement, Neutral Tandem can provide their customers with immediate access to AboveNet’s Ethernet connectivity services and extensive fiber optic footprint in the top metro markets.

Neutral Tandem’s Ethernet service offers an efficient and simplified method of interconnecting on a one-to-many basis and Ethernet service providers can now virtually connect to multiple access providers in over 100 PoPs around the world through a single connection to the Neutral Tandem Ethernet Exchange network.

Read the full release here. For more information on Neutral Tandem’s Ethernet Exchange Network visit Follow Neutral Tandem on Twitter- @NeutralTandem


Telecom Exchange – An Exclusive Event for Network Operators

Posted by laurensauer on March 10th, 2011

JS&A is excited to announce the 2011 Telecom Exchange event to take place on June 29th at the Cipriani Wall Street in NYC. The Telecom Exchange is a networking event designed to navigate telecom operators through the many colocation and connectivity options in and around the New York Tri-State area and the rest of the world. Our purpose is to create the neutral playing field while showcasing all colocation providers, data center facilities, and local and international network providers with a network presence in the NY area. We believe this event, which focuses on key, carrier-neutral colocation space in the Northeast and the network connectivity options available within these spaces, will do great things for the industry at large.

Each attendee will receive the Telecom Exchange Directory, a map of the NYC metro area with the available colocations and carrier hotels’ locations highlighted when they arrive onsite. Inside the Directory, we will include a complete list of the participating networks available within each space. The Directory will have a floor diagram to showcase the various networks and facilities that are exhibiting to further streamline business opportunities for participants. Additionally, all attendees will have access to the DealCenter, an online meeting planning system, to view other attendees, sort by services and PoP locations, and plan on-on-one meetings, to take place on-site at Telecom Exchange.

So please join us for this inaugural event as we will efficiently help you navigate the many connectivity options throughout the NYC-area. Current exhibitors include: Allied Fiber, China Unicom, Electronic Environments, FiberMedia, Galaxy Visions, Hibernia Atlantic, KDDI America, Metro Network Services, NJ Fiber Exchange, NTT Communications, TELEHOUSE America, Telx, TelPlexus Vello Systems and Wilshire Communications.

To exhibit at Telecom Exchange or to get your company name listed in the print and on-line Telecom Exchange Directory, click here. All exhibitors receive 2 free passes, a $350 value, plus table space and signage.

To find out how to become a Telecom Exchange sponsor, click here or email for more information.


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