Carriers forge VPLS interconnect

Broadwing and Asian carrier Hutchison Global Communications this week said they jointly established an inter-carrier international Ethernet network.

HGC established interconnections with Broadwing to extend the reach of its Pan Asian virtual private LAN services (VPLS) network into the U.S. via Broadwing's Converged Services Network.

The reciprocal relationship is designed to enable international customers to connect multipoint Ethernet services from locations served in Asia by HGC, its Asian partners and others, with multipoint Ethernet circuits in the U.S.

Broadwing and HGC say they have already turned up a 6Mbps, Taiwan-to-California Ethernet circuit for a leading Taiwanese manufacturer of computer peripherals.

The Broadwing/HGC development extends the VPLS service into a multi-continental WAN, the companies say.

Inter-carrier VPLS emerged as a hot topic at last year's SuperComm conference as the absence of a standard network-to-network interface (NNI) was cited as an inhibitor of national and global multipoint Ethernet service. Work continues on development of that standard VPLS NNI.

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