Verizon expands Ethernet internationally

U.S. service expands to Asia-Pacific

Verizon Business this week announced the expansion of its Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) International service from the United States to six countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region.

The six countries are Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore and Taiwan. Businesses with operations in these countries can now access Verizon Business' EVPL International service and connect to locations within their respective regions, the carrier says.

EVPL International is a point-to-point service already available between the United States and 10 European countries. Service level agreements for the offering include 100 percent on-net and 98.9 percent off-net availability, and six hours on-net and eight hour off-net mean-time-to-repair.

Verizon did not disclose SLAs for jitter, latency and packet loss.

In addition to EVPL International, Verizon Business' Ethernet portfolio includes Ethernet Private Line (EPL) within 145 U.S. metro markets and 10 European countries; Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) within 145 U.S. metro markets and six Asia-Pacific countries and territories, as well as between the United States and six Asia-Pacific regions and 10 European countries; E-LAN Services within 53 metro markets in the United States.; and Ethernet Access for Private IP -- Verizon Business' MPLS VPN -- and the Internet throughout the United States, within 19 European countries, and seven countries within the Asia-Pacific region.

Next year, Verizon Business plans further expansion of EVPL International into New Zealand, the Philippines and Malaysia, as well as into Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. The carrier also plans further expansion in Europe and will introduce two or three class of service offerings for EVPL International.

Verizon Business plans to turn up a multipoint Virtual Private LAN Service with three or four classes of service nationally in the first quarter of 2007, and internationally in early 2008. The carrier is also mulling global availability of its EPL service which is already offered within Europe.

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