YORK, Pa. and DALLAS, Texas – May 14, 2013 – United Fiber & Data (UFD) is excited to announce today that PEG Bandwidth has received the company’s first-ever “Premier Partner” award. UFD created the award to recognize and honor those companies that share its partner-driven philosophy that respects each company’s desire and ability to drive positive relationships, deliver solid results and generate strong revenues for each party.
PEG Bandwidth selected the United Fiber & Data network in fall 2012 to help provide cell site backhaul service in hard-to-reach locations. “We’d been looking for a route like this for a long time,” says Rich Ruben, CEO of PEG Bandwidth. “We chose UFD because it offers a unique fiber route that runs through critical but underserved markets where our customer base of wireless carriers does business. This route provides access to cell towers via advanced fiber optics that were previously unavailable.”
United Fiber & Data officially launched on February 28, 2013, announcing a 300+-mile greenfield fiber-optic network that runs between New York City and Ashburn, Virginia. UFD’s network traverses a geographically diverse route through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, bypassing the traditional I-95 route that most other service providers follow. The UFD network is currently being built from scratch with brand-new and advanced fiber-optic network and data center technology.
“Both our companies share common goals in what we do and how we do it,” confirms Christopher Lodge, President and Chief Operating Officer of UFD. “Our two companies are dedicated to excellent customer service and a unique customer experience. We wanted to recognize this common philosophy with PEG Bandwidth as a way to underscore to our combined customers that working with our companies will deliver benefits that include logical and physical network diversity, high reliability and great service. This is the start of a long-term partnership for us.”
According to the June 2012 Semi-Annual Wireless Industry Survey from CTIA–The Wireless Association, Americans used more than 2.32 trillion cell phone minutes and sent 2.27 trillion text messages since the prior year, showing a 3.2% rise from June 2011. Wireless data usage increased an unprecedented 104% to 633 billion megabytes between June 2011 and June 2012, confirming rapidly growing consumption of data via mobile phones. These trends underscore the need for high-capacity networks that offer scalable and stable connectivity solutions between cell towers and the fiber-optic routes and rings that connect rural and metro areas across the country.
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About United Fiber & Data
Founded in 2009, United Fiber & Data (UFD) offers a complete suite of all-fiber networking and broadband solutions. From Dark Fiber to Ethernet, Wavelengths and Internet Access, UFD’s privately-owned and operated network provides customers with a reliable, low-latency DWDM fiber network. UFD’s network is diverse to single points of failure between New York City and northern Virginia. Enterprise companies, financial institutions, government and carriers can utilize UFD’s unique, diverse fiber routes for fast and secure network connectivity opportunities. For more information, visit www.unitedfd.com.
About PEG Bandwidth, LLC
PEG Bandwidth provides customized cell site backhaul solutions for wireless operators to support 4th generation (4G) deployments. With offices in Dallas, St. Louis and Philadelphia, PEG Bandwidth delivers complex network solutions across broad geographies utilizing some combination of new fiber builds, available dark fiber, partner fiber networks and licensed, point-to-point microwave. PEG Bandwidth's team of backhaul experts aggregates traffic across these disparate networks to provide a seamless, end-to-end solution from a wireless operator's cell site to its switching facility. The company focuses mainly on lower-tier and rural markets where operators are struggling to find carrier-class, scalable solutions for their backhaul requirements.
For more information, please visit our website at www.PEGBandwidth.com.
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 14, 2013 – Overture, innovating at the metro edge for service providers and network operators worldwide, today introduced the Overture 65, the industry’s most sophisticated gigabit optical Ethernet Access Device (EAD). Immediately available in multiple configurations, it is the ideal Carrier Ethernet on-ramp for performance-assured mobile backhaul and enterprise cloud services. The Overture 65 joins the recently announced Ensemble Open Services Architecture™ (OSA) and 6500 Service Delivery Platform as part of a complete solution for software-defined and virtualized services at the metro edge.
“As service providers and network operators look to the future and how they can differentiate their services, they are working to improve dynamic service agility and real-time performance assurance,” said Stan Hubbard, senior analyst with Heavy Reading. “In order to deliver in these areas, the network must rely on increasingly sophisticated Ethernet Access Devices. And, if properly integrated into an automated and open architecture, the next generation of EADs will usher in a new wave of services that we can only begin to imagine. With the introduction of the 65, Overture is raising the bar for all Carrier Ethernet equipment providers.”
The latest entry into Overture’s Open Service Delivery Family, the Overture 65 combines a state-of-the-art Carrier Ethernet feature set with a future-friendly design, at an unprecedented value point. The 65 fundamentally alters the economics of service delivery. An innovative, next generation optical EAD, it advances Ethernet service delivery in a number of areas:
- Rich service assurance features – A full suite of CE2.0 demarcation tools, hierarchical QoS, and an sFlow monitoring agent; layer 3 features including RIP, NAT, and multicast eliminate the need for CPE router for many IP services.
- Unmatched operational efficiency – Reduced operational expenses and service delivery acceleration through zero-touch commissioning, multi-operator OAM, integrated AC power, and Green Ethernet ultra-low power consumption.
- Greater capacity –
Non-blocking 7Gb/s switching capacity, full line rate classification on
all ports, support for up to 64 EVCs, and 1024 QoS classification rules
addresses both demarcation and small aggregation applications.
- Exceptional precision – Hardware-based OAM and exacting IEEE1588v2 implementation backed by nanosecond accuracy for mobile synchronization, precision one-way delay measurements, and less than three microseconds of latency delivers high-powered performance for financial and mobile backhaul applications.
- Superior reliability – Support for G.8031, G.8032v1 and G.8032v2 rings, as well as link aggregation create highly resilient network topologies; extremely low-power, fan-less design ensures 99.999 percent or greater service availability.
- Forward-looking architecture – Provider bridging (Q-in-Q) and MPLS-TP support offers a migration path to seamless MPLS networking, and integration with Overture’s Ensemble OSA ensures a path to future software defined services and network functions virtualization.
“Overture’s service provider customers continue to look for innovative ways to accelerate and optimize service creation, activation, and assurance. They must differentiate their services by introducing new revenue-generating capabilities quickly and reliably,” said Vijay Raman, vice president of product management and marketing, Overture. “Carrier Ethernet 2.0 was an important advancement last year, but service providers and operators now need a clear path to software-defined and virtualized services. The Overture 65 offers that path. We are pleased to introduce this game-changing Ethernet Access Device as part of Overture’s complete metro edge solution.”
About Overture Networks
Overture is the preferred provider of Carrier Ethernet solutions for the metro edge. Known for innovative solutions that enable high-capacity Ethernet services over any media including fiber, copper and TDM, Overture has extended its commitment to innovation with Ensemble OSA™. Ensemble OSA is the industry's first open architecture that brings the benefits of the cloud, Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and open innovation to the metro edge. By leveraging Overture’s Carrier Ethernet expertise and this new open architecture for software-defined services, network operators and service providers worldwide can maximize operational efficiencies and introduce new revenue-generating services on a scale never before possible.
- Overture_PressRelease_65_14_May_2013_FINAL.pdf (5 download)
- Explosive growth in mobile, content delivery, video streaming, tele-presence, social media, and cloud-based data traffic offers tremendous revenue opportunities for high-margin corporate and retail services such as Ethernet and MPLS. To remain competitive, network operators are expanding their infrastructures to meet demand for these new services—and are turning to “retail data centers” that not only offer all the network-to-network connectivity of a telehouse, but also act as aggregation points for concentrations of customers in network-centric industries.
- Roughly 75 percent of all network traffic emanating from Latin America is coming into the United States via Miami. Globally, MI3 has the sixth highest Internet capacity and is a key hub location for domestic and international traffic routes. As a result, Equinix and its Brazilian subsidiary ALOG are perfectly positioned to serve high-bandwidth events, such as the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
- According to a 2013 Submarine Telecoms Forum report, growth in activated submarine capacity has been extremely high, with a compound annual growth rate of 54 percent over the last five years. Equinix is laying the foundation for cable operators like GlobeNet to establish an express highway between the United States and Brazil, while leveraging Platform Equinix™ and its ecosystem of key supply chain customers and partners.
- The North America-South America capacity market is heavily dependent on three privately owned geographic ring networks, one of which is GlobeNet. With numerous telecommunications carrier facilities, fiber loops, international cable landings and multiple power grids, MI3 is an ideal location for GlobeNet to meet the connectivity demands of wholesale and network service providers and other Internet-related businesses looking to expand their business.
- GlobeNet owns and operates over 22,500 kilometers of subsea cable network specifically engineered for the shortest, lowest latency routes. Built upon advanced Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology, GlobeNet’s carrier class network is leveraged by wholesale providers and carriers around the World.
- Equinix is seeing strong demand from customers looking to leverage MI3 for fast access to Latin America. MI3 offers a number of benefits to customers, including direct connectivity to the leading Latin American network operators for reduced latency, and close proximity for serving Latin American markets while maintaining infrastructure within the US. Customers that are deploying at MI3 include, Allied Fiber, Cogent Communications, Fiberlight, Inteliquent, Neutrona Networks, Lightower Fiber Networks and tw telecom.
- Erick Contag, Chief Operating Officer, GlobeNet:
- Jim Poole, general manager, Global Networks & Mobility at Equinix:
- First to offer native 40 Gbps across the Atlantic for commercial use
- First to offer 40 Gbps over a subsea span between US and Canada
- First to offer 10 Gbps Ethernet LAN-PHY capacity across the Atlantic
- Completion of the deployment of Project Kelvin, a contract awarded by the European Union, bringing direct international connectivity into the northwest region of Ireland as well as a fiber-rich fiber ring into 12 cities in Northern Ireland and connecting them via a new submarine link to North America and Europe