By David Gross
With LightReading's Ethernet Expo taking place today and tomorrow, I expected Carrier Ethernet Exchange news to burn the press wire this week, and CENX and AboveNet have not disappointed. CENX announced that it has reached 15 million ESLs, or Ethernet Service Locations, on its network. In order to reach such a high number, they are likely counting computers located in buildings where their member carriers provide Ethernet service. They announced that they had reached 10 million in June.
Additionally, AboveNet announced that it is launching its Ethernet eXchange Hub for carriers that want to reach customers through its network, and that it will be co-located at both CENX and Equinix Carrier Ethernet locations in major markets, such as New York, Chicago, London, Washington, and San Francisco. The company already offers standard Ethernet Exchange services in these large markets, but the Ethernet eXchange Hub will allow carriers to offer AboveNet services to their customers, not just to interconnect with the provider, which they can do now. This new service will be available next quarter.