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Neutral Tandem finally jumps into Ethernet interconnection. August 2, 2010

Posted by TelUS Consulting Services in CLEC catagory.

Neutral Tandem (Nasdaq: TNDM) has selected 10 service providers to participate in its Ethernet eXchange Charter Customer Program, and is ready to start deploying the interconnect solution in six U.S. markets including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.

The named providers include RCN Metro Optical Networks, Tinet, PAETEC, Deltacom, US Signal, Mosaic NetworX, Wilshire Connection and ION Holding Co.

Ethernet exchanges are a more efficient way to interconnect multiple service providers. The Charter program was put together with the idea of a collaborative product development process that would allow eXchange customers to have input all the way through the creation and deployment of the technology.

Since jumping into the Ethernet exchange market in February, Neutral Tandem has moved quickly to establish its neutral interexchange business. In addition to the initial six-city rollout, the company plans to deploy the Ethernet eXchange switch (a Cisco ASR 9000) in eight additional markets before the end of 2010.

With an ethernet interconnection offering Neutral tandem has finally taken a first step at matching their competition. I am certain the industry applauds their move.

Joe Buck, N.C.E.

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