Sprint launches Ethernet Wave Service

Sprint has expanded its Ethernet Solutions portfolio to meet the high-speed and heavy bandwidth transport needs of business customers with Sprint Ethernet Wave Service.

While offering simplicity through familiar Ethernet technology, the new service offers secure, always-on wireless and wireline connectivity with maximum data security and privacy.

Developed as part of Sprint’s innovative Network Vision initiative, Sprint Ethernet Wave Service delivers lightning-fast speeds and high-capacity bandwidth for the most challenging of business applications over a state-of-the-art, next-generation optical network.

Businesses can depend on Sprint Ethernet Wave Service to deliver the flexibility, scalability and reliability their robust business applications need, including support for storage area networks, data center connectivity, and existing and emerging hosted and cloud services, as well as transmitting heavy-bandwidth data files like financial data and medical images. It is also well-suited to meet such common operational needs as business continuity, record archiving, and database sharing and replication.

“While Carrier Ethernet is becoming a ubiquitous service provided locally and globally, Sprint’s Ethernet Wave Service offers businesses the flexibility, higher speeds and scalability needed for emerging applications,” said Mike Sapien, principal analyst, Ovum Research.

“It is just as important that these services are backed by service level agreements that will deliver end-to-end performance requirements with the high-speed, high-bandwidth transport service. Sprint already has a strong market reputation in service management from our survey data, and the addition of new Ethernet transport options and additional coverage will complement their solutions portfolio,” added Sapien.

Mike Fitz, vice president of wireline for Sprint said, “Leveraging the investment in state-of-the-art converged packet-optical transport technology as part of our Network Vision, we are enhancing our industry-recognized wireline network to carry a suite of powerful, higher speed bandwidth Ethernet services. Our customized approach to solving business challenges and proven success in offering managed network solutions makes us uniquely positioned to successfully support high-performance Ethernet services.”

Sprint Ethernet Wave Service is now available in 88 US markets and expansion will continue through 2014. As a fixed, point-to-point 100 percent dedicated high-speed connection, it offers 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE), 40GigE and 100GigE speeds.

As a part of its Network Vision initiative, Sprint is using a Ciena 6500-based architecture to address customer service requirements, including delivery of 10GigE, 40GigE and 100GigE for the Sprint Ethernet Wave Service.

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