23 August 2002 -- Interoute, owner and operator of Europe's largest and most densely connected fibre-optic network, has launched Shadownet, a standby network service for carriers and service providers. Shadownet overcomes the threat of network disruption or failure by providing a parallel network that can be migrated into operational service with only 24 hours notice.
For a fraction of the cost of running a fully operational network, Interoute will provision and install a complete standby network which can go live within a day should the primary supplier's network fail for any reason.
While many other providers have been facing financial difficulties, Interoute's strong network presence and financial stability mean it is ideally positioned to offer a low-cost, high-quality safety net service. Because Interoute owns its network right down to the ducts, the Shadownet service allows carriers and service providers to ensure continuity of services to their customers.
"Customers are naturally concerned about the stability of their network services in the current marketplace, because even if their network supplier is solvent, their supplier's supplier may not be," says Alan Lowe, CEO of Interoute. "Shadownet offers an insurance policy, as customers will be buying a service directly from the owner of the infrastructure rather than from an operator who leases its network from another carrier."
Shadownet operates across Interoute's fibre-optic network connecting 45 cities in nine countries throughout Europe.