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DET-iX Reaches New Heights – 200Gbps Milestone

SOUTHFIELD, MI., May 28, 2020 – Earlier this month, the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) soars to new heights by surpassing another milestone by reaching over 200Gbps. This news comes one month after achieving 150Gbps.  

The DET-iX was founded in 2014 with nine members. As of May 2020, it has grown to 48 members and continues to rise to new heights. It is one of the largest not-for-profit internet exchange points in the world. DET-iX connects Michigan communities and businesses, allowing members to pass direct traffic freely.

“The DET-iX like other internet exchanges is a simple topology. However, we have an advantage of a 123NET 4,500-mile metro fiber network. This combination allows easy access for members to extend connectivity from the DET-iX to the end users.  For many members, over 60% of their total internet traffic is flowing through the DET-iX for free. ”

Ryan Duda, DET-iX Founder & 123NET CTO 

With new members joining every month, the DET-iX is consistently pushing bandwidth boundaries and connecting new networks. Current members range from local communities to Fortune 500 companies that include automotive, education, telecommunication partners and streaming providers. 

ABOUT DET-iX 

The Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX) is a not-for-profit Regional Internet Exchange Point (IXP) with a switching fabric expanding throughout Michigan. Membership and ports are free. The collaboration of carriers, ISP’s, content providers and enterprise businesses connected to DET-IX allows for traffic to be exchanged freely, rather than paying upstream service providers for the connection and traffic. For more information, visit www.detroitix.com.

ABOUT 123NET

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

OUR MISSION:

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

123NET Reaches the 1,500th Fiber Lit Commercial Building Milestone

SOUTHFIELD, MI., May 14, 2020 – Earlier this week, 123NET, Inc. (123NET) marked a milestone by installing high-speed fiber into more than 1,500 commercial buildings. This achievement comes less than one year after the company announced that it had hit the 1000 lit commercial building milestone back in 2019.

“The fiber team here at 123NET has grown substantially over the years and now includes over 100 team members. Each and every one of them has helped us achieve this awesome milestone. We couldn’t be happier to be able to extend our fiber network into 1,500 buildings.”

Chuck Irvin,123NET Director of Network Development

Currently, 123NET has nine in-house fiber crews. They work diligently building fiber infrastructure throughout Michigan, along with in-house permitting and fiber design departments, which all contribute to the completion of fiber projects. Irvin is already looking to the future for the company’s next breakthrough benchmark. “Milestones are great to celebrate, but we won’t revel in it for too long,” Irvin said. “We are already looking forward to the day we reach 2,000 lit buildings!”

123NET’s network spans across the state of Michigan connecting local communities and businesses alike with fiber engineered to be symmetrical, dedicated and scalable to fit all company bandwidth needs. The company continues to focus on providing businesses high-speed, reliable network connectivity as it builds toward its next goal.

ABOUT 123NET

123NET is a Michigan-based Internet Service Provider (ISP) focused on equipping businesses with an industry-leading data center, network and voice services. Over a dozen Fortune 500 companies and thousands of Michigan businesses trust 123NET to provide them with world-class connectivity. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-iX), 123NET operates one of the largest carrier-neutral data centers and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, GM and others.

OUR MISSION:

BUILDING NETWORK TO MAKE MICHIGAN COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESS THE BEST CONNECTED ON THE PLANET.

ADAPTING TO THE NEW NORMAL

4 Responsive Solutions That Can Help Your Business

Your business network may or may not be prepared for the expanding telecommuting workforce. While working with automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and suppliers on their audio/video (AV) projects, there is a large increase in remote staff with bandwidth restrictions and limitations and some businesses could have a remote operations center in need of network connectivity and/or bandwidth upgrades. Companies are turning to cloud technology in increasing numbers and Microsoft reportedly saw an 800% increase in cloud services’ needs.

With the business landscape changing due to current conditions, things might seem uncertain but 123NET has four responsive solutions to assist your Michigan business with these changes: Hosted IP PBX, Fixed Wireless, Temporary Bandwidth Upgrades for Dedicated Internet and Ethernet and SD-WAN. These are the following industries that have benefited from our 4 responsive solutions:

  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Local Government
  • Financial Services
  • Legal Services
  • Education
  • Automotive
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail

1. HOSTED IP PBX

123NET’s Hosted solution, backed by an SLA and instantly scalable, provides reliability, affordability, simplicity, and connectivity for Michigan businesses out there in these uncertain times. This product has a reliable automated system backup that includes multiple providers for further redundancy. It has proven affordable for a company that has an uncertain financial future because of off the shelf package options, a lower total cost than a Legacy Premise System, monthly instead of upfront equipment fees, and no ongoing maintenance costs. Complete with a web-driven control panel, transferring existing phone numbers, ordering new phone numbers, a Softphone app, and easy desk phone configuration, simplicity is inherent, guided by a 123NET engineer.

The product simplifies your existing setup through on-site phone system footprint reduction, eliminating IT staff equipment maintenance and staff members’ support needs. Our NOC technicians complete initial provisioning, configure changes and troubleshoot with support 24/7/365. The Hosted IP PBX proves to be a solid solution for the modern-day telecommuting workforce in an uncertain business environment.

2. FIXED WIRELESS

Whether just needing additional bandwidth or providing network to a new location, 123NET’s Fixed Wireless with an SLA proves safe and reliable for Michigan businesses in today’s current conditions. It provides a flexible infrastructure and a large network footprint, including easy bandwidth upgrades and a quick install.

Should a business be looking for a temporary network solution, redundant connection, or a main connection, fixed wireless is great and could be deployed within 7 to 14 days. Alternatively, there is a chance to implement an off-net point-to-point connection, where we do not have a presence, such as a multiple location or campus orientation solution. For any Michigan business, fixed wireless can prove to be an invaluable resource.

3. BANDWIDTH UPGRADES (DEDICATED INTERNET / ETHERNET)

123NET’s Bandwidth Upgrades can be incredibly useful in bandwidth adjustment for Michigan businesses, who have increased remote workforces now in the wake of recent events. If equipment needs to be changed, we will work to accommodate that need. Since the beginning of April 2020, temporary bandwidth upgrade expedite fees were waived as businesses transition through this current environment. As business’ networks feel the strain of telecommuting employees, this remains critical to connect Michigan communities and businesses.

4. SD-WAN BY VELOCLOUD

For managing network connectivity with an increase in the telecommuting workforce, 123NET’s SD-WAN proves to be a robust software approach with lower operational costs and improved resource usage, particularly for multi-site deployments. Through this option, Michigan businesses can experience rapid deployment, redundancy, and smart per-packet and application load balancing along with flexible connectivity, where businesses can bring their own internet connection, utilize 123NET connectivity, or both.

With the strain placed on Michigan business networks by an increase in the number of telecommuters during these current conditions, many are experiencing latency, packet loss, and total connection loss. The world is changing without any end in sight. Businesses can be prepared to support their remote workforces by utilizing one of our network solutions.

Legacy T1 DEAD LINES

Enhanced Extended Links (EEL) Transport

FCC Relaxes Unbundling Regulations

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 concluded The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) open comment period regarding WC Docket No. 19-308, which aims to address provisions in the 1996 Telecom Act. This targets regulations dealing with unbundling and resale requirements affecting incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs). The proposal, set forth by the FCC, would no longer require ILECs to unbundle services including DS-0, DS-1, DS-3, and voice-grade loops and dark fiber transport.  

Over the past several decades, the telecom industry has become increasingly competitive because of provisions in the 1996 Telecom Act, which gave smaller companies existing infrastructure for resale at competitive prices. It led to providers, offering voice and data solutions. According to some ILECs, this competition fuels the debate that unbundling regulations has become unnecessary and restricted network growth.  

Timeline to Transition

The regulations’ relaxation means ILECs are no longer required to allow access to existing and now outdated infrastructure in most areas. This forces many carriers who have come to depend on this network to find alternative methods of service delivery. While the FCC proposed three years to allow for a smooth transition, many carriers are concerned they are unable to competitively deliver services in rural areas, where network alternatives are not as common.

While legacy networks are ushered out of existence and customers face obtaining voice and data services during this transition period, 123NET plans to address it directly. Building high-speed fiber-optic networks throughout Michigan will be a larger priority than ever before.

Legacy T1 Service and New 123NET Solution

To learn more about your network options visit https://www.123.net/network-services/

123Net Connects with Switch Data Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Industry-Leading Connectivity Offers Customers Maximum Diversity in Fiber Transport

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 02, 2019 – 123.Net, Inc., (123Net) Detroit’s premier network & voice services provider and host of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), today announced that it is working with Switch to connect and offer new diverse connectivity with dual-fiber entrances into Switch’s Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Switch customers now have the option to use 123Net’s connectivity resources at its Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids Michigan. Switch (NYSE: SWCH), is the global technology infrastructure corporation that develops hyperscale data center ecosystems for enterprise colocation, differentiated multi-cloud, and industry-leading telecommunications solutions.

123Net has been experiencing demand for data connections from content providers and businesses in automotive, manufacturing, health care, technology and finance. This trend coupled with the ongoing digitization of business and its move to the cloud are driving significant demand for data center connectivity among all of the cities throughout the state. Expanding 123Net’s fiber network into Switch operated data centers helps strengthen Michigan’s economy by providing businesses with more network options and more resilient services.

Switch’s Pyramid Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan is a hyperscale data center ecosystem with a capacity of over 1 million square feet. With its close proximity to Chicago (within 2.8ms), global businesses are taking advantage of this facility as they look to enter into the Michigan market. Benefits such as zero taxes, robust connectivity options, industry leading security, low latency and 100% uptime have enticed business from all over the region to look at Switch as a powerful business and technology partner.

As Grand Rapids and Metro Detroit industries continue to expand their reach throughout the state, 123Net remains focused on building network connectivity for local businesses to ensure growth and success.

“We’re excited to connect with Switch’s data center campus on the west side of Michigan,” said Chuck Irvin, Director of Network Development at 123Net. “We’re dedicated to providing Michigan businesses and our partners with the best service possible. This month we lit our 1,200th building with fiber.”

Our Mission – Building network, to make Michigan communities and businesses the best connected on the planet!

123Net Partners with Telia Carrier to Increase Network Capacity and Support Michigan’s Drive Towards Innovation

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., February 12, 2019 – 123Net, Michigan’s premier data center services provider and host of the Detroit Internet Exchange (DET-IX), today announced that it has tapped Telia Carrier’s 100G-enabled, number one ranked global IP backbone to provide scalable capacity and connectivity to the Michigan market. 123Net’s expansive fiber footprint throughout Michigan includes up to 4,000 route miles of fiber in over 106 communities. Telia Carrier’s new POP is the perfect place to connect the geographic reach and reliable, high-speed broadband capacity of both networks.

“We’re looking forward to growing this partnership with Telia Carrier,” said Bob Evenson, Carrier Relations Manager at 123Net. “It’s exciting to be trusted by yet another international company and to be able to support their expansion with our infrastructure. We continue to see a high demand from regional, national, and international carriers to establish a point of presence at our Tier 3 facility. Being the largest carrier-neutral facility in the state makes it easy for not only carriers, like Telia Carrier, but also content providers who want to connect here and peer closer to end users. We hope to continue to provide solid options to carriers interested in the Michigan market.”

Michigan has the most permissive self-driving car laws in the country and with driverless cars entering the market, the volume of data generated and used by these cars is incredible. According to a study from Intel, autonomous vehicles generate and consume roughly 40 terabytes of data for every eight hours of driving. Robust connections are required for the future of the automotive industry, and there has been tremendous demand for bandwidth and data centers in Detroit to support them. 123Net has made significant strides with its data centers to facilitate this evolution.

123Net is also experiencing demand for data connections from content providers and businesses in health care, engineering, graphic design, technology and finance. This trend coupled with the ongoing digitalization of business and its move to the cloud are driving significant demand for data center connectivity among Tier 2 and 3 cities throughout the state.

“Over the past several years, the auto industry as well as other businesses in Detroit have been focused on driving more innovation,” said Art Kazmierczak, Director of Network & Business Development, at Telia Carrier. “These applications utilize the dynamic on-demand provisioning, and low latency performance of Telia Carrier’s global network, enabling access to cloud capabilities at the network edge and empowering developing technologies like autonomous vehicles and smart cities in the supporting infrastructure. We see facilitating these technologies as critical and that’s why we’re excited to partner with 123Net.”

About 123Net
123Net is a Michigan-based internet service provider focused on equipping businesses with industry-leading data center, voice, fiber, fixed wireless, and other network services. Home of the Detroit Internet Exchange, 123Net maintains the largest, private carrier hotel and peers with technology leaders such as Google, AWS, and others. For more information, please visit www.123.net. Learn about 123Net Data Centers role in advancing mobility at What’s Driving Autonomous Vehicles and Why High Density Colocation Matters Webinar.

About Telia Carrier
Telia Carrier owns and operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber backbones. Our mission is to provide exceptional network infrastructure and services – empowering individuals, businesses and societies to execute their most critical activities. By working close to our customers, we make big ideas happen at the speed of fiber. Discover more at teliacarrier.com.

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