BT has launched a London-wide metro Ethernet network to allow companies to link their sites together using familiar Ethernet technology.
BT has introduced its first Ethernet virtual private Lan service (EvLan), and the telco says it is designed to offer companies greater resilience, capacity and flexibility from their existing local networks.
The EvLan is part of BT’s 21st century network initiative and is set to be rolled out to other cities later this year, said BT.
The fully managed service links multiple sites in a single metro area without having to build more expensive and inflexible networks. The service is set to be more scalable and cost-effective for businesses as they can choose bandwidth increments in line with their business needs.
Access speeds of 10mbps, 100mbps and 1gbps will be available to users to link different sites together.
Prices for the service have so far not been confirmed by BT. The industry-backed Metro Ethernet Forum launched a new services testing standard at the Carrier Ethernet World Congress in Berlin this week, to accredit the type of supplier network hardware BT is using for its service.