PCCW Global and Lightower Fiber Networks establish international Ethernet interconnectivity agreement
PCCW Global, an operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Lightower Fiber Networks, the premier, all-fiber provider of custom, high-capacity network services that ensure optimal application and business performance, have signed an agreement to establish international Ethernet interconnectivity (E-NNIs) between their networks, enabling both companies to leverage each other’s network footprint and offer end users additional networking solutions.
By establishing this Ethernet interconnect, Lightower will extend its Switched and Dedicated regional Ethernet reach beyond the United States and into 86 countries covered by PCCW Global’s Ethernet network with more than 100 Ethernet PoPs deployed on its leading-edge international MPLS backbone.
Connecting major carrier hotels within New York and Chicago, the new E-NNIs enhance PCCW Global’s Ethernet capabilities in the United States and will bridge the East Coast and Mid-West regions, thus accelerating PCCW Global’s plans to further expand its Ethernet service offerings into the United States. PCCW Global is continuously expanding its services into new markets and developing its business into far-flung locations worldwide with carrier MPLS and Ethernet interconnects reaching more than 3,000 destinations in 130 countries.
This collaboration also connects enterprises from developed metro markets in the United States to any developed or emerging market across the globe. Both Lightower and PCCW Global could benefit from the interconnection and have seen strategic value in working together to offer greater reach and connectivity to their mutual customers.
As one of the largest pure fiber providers in the United States, Lightower’s expansive network was optimized for high performance, high capacity applications. With over 20,000 route miles of network providing access to over 7,500 service locations, Lightower offers dense end-to-end, all-fiber networking.
Mr. Richard Brolly, President of Americas of PCCW Global, said, “PCCW Global is honored to be Lightower’s first international Ethernet bilateral partner. We are confident that this collaboration will provide an unparalleled quality of experience to our regional and global customers who will leverage Lightower’s capabilities throughout the United States.”
Mr. Scott Levy, Vice President of Carrier Sales for Lightower, said, “Ethernet interconnectivity affords carriers flexible ways to expand into new markets and leverage cutting-edge services. With these E-NNIs, PCCW Global is able to rapidly launch services in the U.S. market, especially in high demand markets such as Herndon Virginia and New York City. With our unique and redundant facilities, Lightower offers carriers secure access to 130 data centers, and over 115 carrier hotels and central offices.”
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