a new networkOn January 2015, an upgrade project named Evolved Extensible Transport Program (EETP) was embarked to supersede the aging infrastructure and scale our growing bandwidth needs for the next five years. The program was further divided into two major categories, as follows:
EETP/1C upgrades our optical transport infrastructure (DWDM & ROADMs) to provide 100 Gig capability across company owned fiber assets; and
EETP/2A constructs the lit segment for a new converged access network called Packetsurge℠.
Employing the Cisco EPN architecture, Packetsurge is deployed in every on-net facility and customer-facing location using lit waves over dark fiber. Packetsurge performs preaggregation functions and backhauls customer interfaces to centralized IP network head-end hubs.
Packetsurge℠ is carrier & data center neutral. In addition to backhauling customer interfaces to head-end hubs for TOWARDEX's own AS27552 IP network, it also provides backhauls to other carriers and cloud providers connected to its network (e.g. Amazon, Comcast, CoreSite, Digital Realty Global Network Neutral Ecosystem).
The Massachusetts Internet Exchange (MASS IX) is an Open-IX certified distributed peering point spanning over 6 data centers across the Boston market, open to any BGP speaking network to participate. The MASS IX infrastructure is hosted on parts of the Packetsurge network, running as a VPLS instance to operate the ISP Peering VLAN.
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Packetsurge℠ reaches every on-net facility and customer-facing location on our entire optical footprint, functioning as a state-of-the-art Carrier Ethernet Converged Access Network.
The network provides L2-based access between carriers and subscribers using MPLS architecture, with planned support for Segment Routing in the near future.
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