Rural network operators should find it easier to meet business customers’ carrier Ethernet needs as the result of a new deal announced today between Global Capacity and Indatel. Global Capacity is a wholesale connectivity provider that operates One Marketplace, a sophisticated on-line quotation and purchasing interface underpinned by geographically disperse carrier interconnection points. Indatel operates a fiber network interconnecting approximately 500 rural service providers nationwide.
The deal announced today calls for Indatel to connect its fiber network to three Global Capacity points of presence, thereby enabling Indatel members to purchase Ethernet connectivity outside their home markets so that members can better serve customers that have locations within and outside of the rural service providers’ serving areas.
Indatel members also will be able to sell connectivity to other service providers wanting connectivity to locations within Indatel members’ serving areas.
Global Capacity/ Indatel
“Our partnership with Indatel will open up new business and revenue opportunities for both rural local exchange carriers and One Marketplace customers across the U.S.,” said Ben Edmond, chief revenue officer for Global Capacity, in today’s announcement. “An interconnection to One Marketplace delivers connectivity to over three million commercial addresses in the U.S., all leveraging one [master services agreement] and one [service level agreement].”
One Marketplace enables service providers to type in the address of a building and receive information about which service providers offer various services in the building and what each service would cost. Service providers can then place an order and obtain connectivity through the interface to Global Capacity. Any service provider connected at any Global Capacity point of presence can connect to any other service provider co-located at any other Global Capacity POP.
The number of locations that service providers can reach through the exchange will grow substantially when Global Capacity integrates the wholesale access infrastructure it is obtained through its purchase of Megapath’s connectivity business. Megapath has co-located in numerous incumbent carrier central offices nationwide, thereby enabling competitive service providers to deliver copper-based Ethernet connectivity to virtually any location served from those central offices.