Standby service launches

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Interoute, whose fibre network, connects 45 cities in nine countries throughout Europe (right), has launched Shadownet, a stand-by service for carriers and service providers which overcomes disruption or failure by providing a parallel network that can switch into operational service in 24 hours.

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.

The company says that, since it owns its network right down to the ducts, the 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," says CEO Alan Lowe.

"Even if their network supplier is solvent, their supplier's supplier may not be. Shadownet offers an insurance policy, as customers will be buying a service directly from the owner of the infrastructure."

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