Verizon expands Ethernet

Verizon this week said it expanded the availability of its Ethernet access services in the U.S., Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, and is offering it as an access option for its Private IP MPLS VPN service.

The expansion will enable large business and government customers to link their offices on a national and global scale, Verizon says. Ethernet access is available in the U.S. in Boston; New York; Dallas; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; Seattle; and Tampa, FL. The services are also available in new European locations, including Brussels, Belgium; London; Paris and Lyon, France; Frankfurt and Hilden, Germany; Milan; Stockholm; Zurich; and Amsterdam.

As an access option for Private IP, customers can now access their networks using Ethernet in the Asia-Pacific region in Melbourne and Sydney; Hong Kong; Tokyo and Osaka; Auckland; Seoul; and Taipei. Underlying the Ethernet service is the interconnection of the Verizon Ethernet network with the former MCI's Converged Packet Access (CPA) hub switches.

CPA is an edge architecture intended to more flexibly and cost-effectively support multiple services, such as frame relay, IP VPN and Ethernet.

In addition to the "E-Access" user-to-network interface service, Verizon also offers Ethernet Private Line and Ethernet Virtual Private Line services in 85 metro markets in the U.S. and in nine countries in Europe. It also offers E-LAN services in 55 metro markets in the U.S.

E-Access for Private IP is available nationwide; and E-Access dedicated Internet service is available in 25 U.S. markets, nine countries in Europe and in six countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Verizon plans to broaden Ethernet access to dedicated Internet services to more than 60 markets nationwide. Verizon also plans to launch a Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) Layer 2 VPN service nationwide in mid-2006 and globally in 2007.

The carrier also plans to unveil a Layer 2, point-to-point version of Private IP in the third quarter of 2006. This service will use pseudowires to aggregate legacy frame relay and ATM access circuits and encapsulate them for transport over an MPLS core.

Currently, Private IP is a Layer 3 RFC 2547-based MPLS VPN service.

Verizon is also targeting the second half of this year to add Resilient Packet Ring (RPR) technology to its Enhanced Dedicated SONET Ring (EDSR) service. RPR will enable EDSR to support Ethernet LAN services.

Verizon's Ethernet services are sold on a per megabit basis. A 30Mbps port on a 100Mbps interface for E-Access to Private IP costs US$6,500 per month, the carrier says.

Service levels are 100 percent availability on-net (99 percent off-net), 50ms one-way latency in the U.S., data delivery between 99.5 percent and 99.995 percent, 5ms jitter for DS-1 and above in the U.S., and a mean time to repair of 2 hours on-net, 4 to 8 hours off-net.

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