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Pan-European Carrier Neutral Ethernet Exchange launched by CENX and Interxion

April 13, 2010 by  

Web Host ToolboxThe Netherlands – Interxion, the leading European provider of colocation data centre services, and CENX, Inc., operator of the world’s first Carrier Ethernet Exchanges, today announced a partnership to launch a pan-European Carrier Neutral Ethernet Exchange service. The service will be available in Interxion’s London data centre in June 2010 with expansions being planned for other locations including, amongst others, Amsterdam and Paris.

The CENX-Interxion partnership will help to accelerate the already rapid growth in demand for Carrier Ethernet services in Europe. Market analyst Infonetics Research expects that as a direct result of efficient and economical interconnects between service providers, the market for Ethernet Services can grow at 20% CAGR to a total of almost US$40 Billion in 2013. CENX’s proven business processes and methodologies enable service providers to gain access to the CENX marketplace within 30 days, which today includes over 5 million Ethernet end user locations provided globally by more than ten service providers including Verizon and Level 3. This partnership will facilitate rapid and easy access by carriers located at Interxion to the new CENX service and generate cost savings, as well as extending the potential reach of Carrier Ethernet networks across Europe for the benefit of their customers.  Interxion’s data centres in 11 countries provide direct connectivity to the highest carrier density in Europe of any data centre operator, including all the major Carrier Ethernet service providers.


“The Interxion and CENX partnership creates carrier-neutral integration points that meet critical market demand for ubiquitous network and service delivery of data, voice, and video over Carrier Ethernet,” said Stan Hubbard, Senior Analyst with Heavy Reading. “This move will allow service providers to establish interconnections quickly and effectively in key European markets, enabling them to focus on their primary business goal of serving their end-customers and accelerating revenue.”

“Through this agreement, we are delivering on our strategy of further enhancing our connectivity proposition and driving cost savings for customers in the rapidly growing Carrier Ethernet service market,” said Kevin Dean, Chief Marketing Officer Interxion. “By seeking out CENX as the leading neutral, best-of-breed operator of Carrier Ethernet exchanges, Interxion can continue to offer its carrier, digital media, financial services, content and cloud provider customers the best connectivity products, while we stay focused on operating and building out our best of breed data centre footprint. With its world-leading solution and deep understanding of Carrier Ethernet services, CENX is uniquely positioned to service Ethernet data-driven requirements, driving down customer costs and offering improved reach in the process.”

“Building on its seven years of working on the development of Carrier Ethernet, the CENX team has launched their services in November 2009 and has already made accessible over 5 Million Ethernet end user locations across the U.S., by connecting the networks of more than ten major carriers, including Verizon and Level 3. Our partnership with European market leader Interxion, with over 350 interconnected carriers throughout Europe, allows CENX to create the only European solution bringing both the ease of colocated physical connectivity together with the efficiency of CENX’s Carrier Ethernet Exchange solution,” said Nan Chen, CEO and co-founder of CENX. “Interxion has the optimum balance between carrier and content provider customers, ideal for the rapid migration towards the integration of data, voice and video delivered over a Carrier Ethernet infrastructure.”

About Carrier Ethernet Exchanges
Carrier Ethernet Exchanges serve as hubs, enabling the interconnection of carriers through a single connection and translating service characteristics from one carrier’s classifications to another. Deploying exchanges removes the complex and time-consuming challenges of establishing multiple, separate interconnection agreements between carriers. Service providers can also extend their network reach and depth by partnering via the exchange.

CENX has led the world in defining Carrier Ethernet and developing Carrier Ethernet standards and market strategies within the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), an international industry association comprising 156 member companies, including 60 service providers. In November 2009 the world’s first three Carrier Ethernet Exchanges were launched by CENX in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. In March 2010, CENX announced the world’s first Carrier Ethernet-neutral Voice Exchange service and that has already established Ethernet interconnections with over 5 million locations.

CENX manages the implementation of customer interconnections and the translation of service characteristics. To simplify the process still further, the CENX Market web-based application allows members to intuitively find connected locations together with their service attributes and then quickly engage with wholesale services providers to complete new business.

About Interxion
Interxion is a leading provider of carrier-neutral co-location data centre services in Europe, serving over 1,100 customers through 27 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With connectivity provided by 350 carriers and ISPs and 18 European Internet exchanges across its footprint, Interxion has created content and connectivity hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com

About CENX
CENX, Inc. is the first and only Carrier Ethernet exchange provider to deliver carrier-neutral, location-neutral, Carrier Ethernet exchange services to global telecom/internet service providers. CENX interconnects service providers’ Carrier Ethernet networks worldwide and enables vast revenue opportunities, dramatic cost-saving and Carrier Ethernet global ubiquity – a foundation for next generation telecommunications networks. Through its work in the MEF (www.metroethernetforum.org) and in the industry, the CENX management team has played a leading role in the definition of and standards for Carrier Ethernet and the development of the Carrier Ethernet market over the last eight years. For more information, please visit www.cenx.com.

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