APRIL 9, 2008 -- Global Crossing (search for Global Crossing) says it has expanded its ability to address enterprise and carrier customers' growing demand for bandwidth-intensive applications and converged IP services in Latin America.
Global Crossing is supplementing the core functionality of its MPLS-network backbone with "Supercore" routing platforms. In addition to the Supercore routers already installed in St. Croix, USVI and Fort Amador, Panama, the company now has installed these routers in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), and Sao Paulo (Brazil), as well. This triples PoP-to-PoP core capacity and enables OC-192 connections on the company's South American Crossing (SAC) undersea fiber-optic cable system, which rings Latin America.
Immediate benefits to customers include a core architecture that can transport high-capacity IP traffic, handle the rising demand for 10-Gbit/sec Ethernet services, and significantly expand beyond 10-Gbit/sec capacity without the delays caused by forklift upgrades, according to the carrier.
"We're responding to the continuing strong demand for IP services that give enterprises the ability to connect globally with colleagues, customers, and suppliers, and that give end users an enhanced experience with applications such as video streaming, music and video downloads. These are the main drivers for our IP network expansion," said John Legere, Global Crossing's chief executive officer. "Our IP Supercore platform transports Internet traffic around the globe with higher performance and also allows us to integrate the former Impsat IP network, providing seamless connectivity to all our customers in the region."
According to research and consultancy firm IDC, the Latin American market for enterprise IP services is projected to increase from $2.94 billion in 2008 to $4.3 billion in 2011, growing at an annualized rate of 10.1 percent. "We're seeing strong enterprise adoption of IP and Ethernet services across Latin America," said Diego Anesini, telecom consulting and research manager for IDC. "The region is well-poised for sustained growth in next generation enterprise telecom services driven by convergence and virtualization, a trend that is bolstered by a relatively positive economic outlook."
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