Intellifiber Joins CENX

June 7th, 2010 by · 4 Comments

The Ethernet exchange movement continues to gain converts.  Today Intellifiber announced that it has joined CENX with an initial connection in New York.  Intellifiber has about just over 1000 on-net buildings, but the company brings some 100K buildings to the table which it can address with Ethernet-over-copper (EoC) technology.  Most of those are in the mid-Atlantic region where their footprint is deepest, especially when it comes to on-net central offices.

I tend toward fiber myself of course, but I wonder if this could be the tipping point for EoC.  Thus far it has made only a small impression on the market overall, although many of its adherents swear by it.  Perhaps a big part of the reason why has been the lack of interconnectivity with other islands of Ethernet access, for which a solution may now be at hand.  

CENX crossed the milestone of 10M addressable locations earlier this month, but that is potential rather than actual value.  Lots of companies hoping to sell access to their footprints, but is anybody buying?  Actually it does now look as if the next phase is beginning, as there is now a faint but audible buzz about connections being made and services sold.  Anyone have direct experience?

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