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New England's most directly connected Autonomous System

TOWARDEX is New England's most sophisticated internet provider. With our deep understanding of the history and players of the bandwidth market in Boston, we've built a state-of-the-art regional IP backbone that caters to one goal: Low Latency.

Being a leaf market, local traffic in Boston has the tendency to route through New York or Chicago for most providers. This inefficient routing was born out from the fact that Boston is a small market for IP, making interconnections more difficult and disorganized.

it's all about the speed.

Leveraging our statewide optical network, we've constructed a sophisticated IP network that reaches every major interconnection facility. The result is simple: we peer with more networks than anybody else in the region.

Interconnection is a form of art.

Not only do we peer with more networks than anybody else, we also have deep understanding of our peer's network as well as ours.

It is not uncommon to find TOWARDEX build out fiber to a peering partner's own headend facility, just so we can shave off another 1 to 2 milliseconds of latency.

The problem of blended bandwidth and BGP

The core routing decisions across the internet are made by the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) as specified in RFC 4271. BGP is a path vector protocol, picking the shortest path to reach its destination, but without understanding the underlying quality of its chosen route.

As a result, most multi-homed networks often run into a commonly encountered problem— their performance becomes unpredictable. The problem originates from the fact that BGP is unable to distinguish the quality of a particular network. It is then exacerbated by routes having equidistant AS hops, which is almost always guaranteed in a multi-homed environment.

Blended bandwidth done right

Our network is substantially different from most providers when it comes to IP engineering. Instead of continuing to throw money at the problem and exacerbating the BGP problem by adding more Tier-1 providers, we make targeted and surgical traffic engineering decisions.

Effective Peering Strategy

One of the benefits of relying on TOWARDEX for IP connectivity is that our routes are stable across the internet. Unlike numerous blended bandwidth providers who continuously change their routes reactively based on capacity and monetary requirements, we design our routes for meeting long term performance requirements.

We partner with two of the world's largest Tier-1 backbones to meet our global IP transit needs. Next, we execute private peering and interconnection agreements with last mile providers, university & higher education networks, and major content networks. With over 110,000 peering routes, the number of direct interconnections our network maintains is unparalleled for a regionally based provider.

On the topic of peering..

We pride ourselves in having some of the most unique peering routes in the industry. We treat our peers as valued partners and work together in jointly designing interconnect locations that minimize backhauls and keep our mutual traffic local.

For a number of large peers in Boston, we've built out our own fiber to peer's regional hub (rather than meeting at a common carrier hotel), just so we can minimize latency by using a more direct route to the point of interconnection.

Our Low Latency IP network interconnects with over 32 peers and providers in the Northeast, producing over 110,000 directly reachable peering routes and aggregate capacities in excess of 220 Gbps.

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Our Engineering Principles

Lots of Capacity

By owning many of our underlying assets and having access to plenty of dark fiber, we have the unfair advantage of being able to print bandwidth out of the thin air.

When a backbone circuit reaches 50% utilization (30% for 2N circuits), we start upgrading. To leave enough room for unexpected surges in traffic, we do not keep backbone circuits utilized more than 50% during peak usage.

World-class infrastructure

Our 125 miles of statewide optical network is unparalleled in the level of sophistication.

Employing carefully crafted optical transport designs coupled with MPLS-enabled carrier-class IP backbone, you experience world-class reliability and performance that you'd normally come to expect only from the largest providers.

Keep local traffic local

We hate it when our traffic gets routed 300 miles away to move from one city block to another.

We work very hard with our peering partners to design each interconnection so that local traffic stays local, including studying and understanding our peer's network as much as we understand ours.

IP SOLUTIONS

Dedicated Internet Access (DIA)

Ethernet-based Dedicated Internet Access for enterprises from our low latency IP backbone; available at any on-net data centers & carrier hotels, through Switched Digital Interconnect™, or via participating dark fiber and Metro Ethernet providers.

Speeds are available from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps on port sizes selectable from Gig-E & 10GE, or delivered via Operator Virtual Circuit (OVC) onto an NNI interface.

Ports are delivered using standard single-mode fiber (1310nm). Customers can order Media Conversion Service to have their ports delivered using RJ-45/UTP (Gig-E only), or optical wavelengths in any common CWDM or 100 Ghz DWDM bands.

BGP routing is supported, with optional support for Link Aggregation and multi-path eBGP for scaling high bandwidth requirements.

IP Transit

Wholesale IP transit from our low latency IP backbone; available at any on-net data centers and carrier hotels.

Speeds are available from 1 Gbps to 100 Gbps on port sizes selectable from 1GE, 10GE and 100GE interfaces. For multi site configurations, ports can be delivered using aggregated billing if desired.

Ports are delivered using standard single-mode fiber (1310nm). Customers can order Media Conversion Service to have their ports delivered using RJ-45/UTP (Gig-E only), or optical wavelengths in any common CWDM or 100 Ghz DWDM bands.

BGP routing is supported, with optional support for Link Aggregation and multi-path eBGP for scaling high bandwidth requirements.

Make your winning choice today with TOWARDEX low latency IP.