360networks Corp. announced today that Navigata Communications Inc., a member of the SaskTel group of companies, will use 360networks' Optical Virtual Private Network (OVPN) service to expand the footprint of its backbone network in both the United States and Canada.
Using the OVPN service, Navigata can establish OC-n port capacity throughout their network and quickly scale circuits at STS-1 or 50-Mbit/sec increments. The OVPN service will improve efficiency by providing the ability to quickly scale bandwidth based on customer demand.
360networks introduced the OVPN service in 2001 as the first optical virtual private networking solution available in the telecommunications industry, claims the company. The service offers several unique benefits:
• Pay as you grow. 360networks OVPN users have the unique ability to purchase incremental bandwidth at the STS-1 level. This option allows customers to buy only what they need at a given point in time, without having to purchase unnecessary network capacity in advance.
• Quick provisioning. Once the initial OVPN port is provisioned, additional capacity can be provisioned in hours, not the typical days or weeks. 360networks guarantees an initial service provisioning interval of 15 days.
• Multiple protection options. Depending on the protection needs of the customer, multiple levels of network protection are available at the STS-1 level, ranging from an unprotected circuit to a fully-protected mesh circuit.