|Sprint launches US carrier hotel PoP strategy|
27 September 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe
Sprint has announced that it is establishing new points of presence (PoP) in major carrier hotels as part of its plan to expand its network and provide access at the lowest cost.
The first of these is One Summer St. in the Boston area, which is New England’s largest multi-tenant mission-critical telecommunications and data centre facility. Sprint can now provide access to global MPLS and dedicate IP customers via a direct presence at One Summer.
The new PoP provides One Summer St.’s carrier and enterprise customers access to port speed up to 100Gbps. The facility serves more than 200 tenants including leading financial, healthcare, academic, government, entertainment, and science and technology firms.
“Markley’s flagship One Summer Street facility was a high priority for us when we decided to expand the number of carrier hotels where we have a PoP,” said Mike Fitz, president and general manager of the Sprint global wireline business unit.
“Sprint is aggressively expanding our network. Deploying in a major carrier hotel like One Summer allows us to provide access to our global all-IP network to a significant number of customers.”
Deploying in major carrier hotels is part of Sprint’s aggressive strategy to expand its IP network footprint. Accelerating adoption of cloud services, and an ever-growing mobile workforce are driving enterprises to new WAN solutions that meet their increasing need for flexibility, performance and security. Sprint’s presence in major carrier hotels makes it easier for customers to access its comprehensive portfolio of connectivity, cloud networking solutions and value added services, including SD-WAN.
To support the growing shift from legacy data networks to an all-IP environment, Sprint also added 52 US IP/MPLS nodes in 2016, and in 2017, will add more than 70 nodes, expanding to more than 220 US IP/MPLS nodes.
Additionally, Sprint has built hundreds of network-to-network interconnections (NNI) with more than 50 ILEC and cable providers, creating an Ethernet access footprint that blankets the United States.
John Fleming, VP of operations at Markley Group, added: “We are delighted to add Sprint to our list of carrier options here in Markley at 1 Summer St. Sprint is well known for having a high-performance, secure network. Being able to provide our clients access to networks of this quality with a global reach adds significant new options for our clients.”