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2degrees leaves other telcos in dust as 100GbE comes to town

02 Aug 2016

2degrees is the first telco in the country to activate its 100GbE interconnect to the Southern Cross Cable Network, and the company says it's just responding to Kiwis' insatiable demand for data.

“This is fantastic for 2degrees customers, the enabling of our 100GbE interconnect into Southern Cross allows us access to uncontested capacity giving us the ability to provide more data, faster," says Mark Petrie, 2degrees chief fixed officer.

Petrie says 2degrees has seen massive growth over 2016, and is doubling its capacity to cope with services from internet content providers like Netflix and Apple.

“It also means we’re the first customer to connect to Southern Cross’ new Carrier Ethernet platform and we’ll continue to work closely with Southern Cross to continually innovate and take advantage of technology advances to enhance the value that 2degrees can bring to its mobile and broadband customers across New Zealand.”

Craige Sloots, Southern Cross's director of marketing, believes their services are well-primed to provide the right capacity for continued growth.

“With the growth of content and cloud demand it is not surprising that Carrier Ethernet based services such as Southern Cross’ new Gigapac service, have become increasingly popular and dominate the requested capacity service types for many providers including Southern Cross," Sloots explains.

The Southern Cross Cable Network links Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Hawaii to the United States as a carrier-neutral network.

“Working with thought-leading and collaborative organisations is critical in helping us to define, develop and test product solutions with our supplier partners to meet changing market demands,” Sloots concludes.

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