Ethernet is the universal communications protocol commonly used for building both Local Area Networks (LAN) and Wide Area Networks (WAN).
Although Ethernet was commercially introduced more than 40 years ago, it is still the most widely adopted connectivity technology. Ethernet has evolved over time with improvements in speed, security, and quality to meet ever-changing network needs. From connecting computers within Local Area Networks to reaching Wide Area Networks, Ethernet continues to grow and is now becoming critical for the delivery of ubiquitous connectivity powered by mobile technology, cloud computing and big data.
Ethernet is used for business-critical network connections to data centers, corporate hubs, public and private clouds, as well as for backbone connectivity. It is especially favored by business verticals such as finance, health care, manufacturing, and other industry verticals where security and reliability are non-negotiable.
As previously mentioned, Ethernet was primarily used for connecting computers and devices within a single location (LAN). However, with new advanced technology and an increasing demand for high-bandwidth and scalable networking solutions, Ethernet has been extended to wide area networks (WANs) through Carrier Ethernet.
Carrier Ethernet networks leverage the scalability and cost-effectiveness of Ethernet technology while adding carrier-grade features and capabilities. These networks are typically built using fiber optic cables, allowing for high-speed and long-distance data transmission to meet the requirements of service providers and carriers.
Different Ethernet topologies support a variety of customer requirements:
Provides a simple, point-to-point connection between two locations, with high security, low latency, and flexible bandwidth.
Simply explained, is a point-to-multipoint topology which is beneficial where a larger number of sites connect to a central head office, data center or cloud location.
Based on the Virtual Private Network (VPN) concept, it is ideal for connecting different business sites to support core interaction and communication services. Each location is simply connected to a common Ethernet VPN which facilitates secure any-to-any connectivity between all sites at Layer 2, allowing customers to manage their own IP addressing and BGP sessions.
Arelion’s Ethernet solutions leverage our extensive, high-capacity Tier-1 global network and deliver guaranteed bandwidths from 10Mbps up to 40Gbps at lowest latency utilizing Segment Routing and Low Latency Plane design. Customers can take advantage of different topology options in compliance with MEF standards.
Our global network connects more than 350 PoPs in key connectivity hubs worldwide, major Cloud providers, and a network of over 450 certified local access partners.
Additionally, Arelion provides exceptional customer care 24/7. Since 2014 we have been repeatedly recognized at the World Communications Awards for our Customer Experience and we have a high NPS score of 51 (2022).
|Ethernet Topology||Arelion Product||MEF-defined services|
E-LINE - EVPL
E-LINE - EPL
ELAN – EP-LAN
ELAN – EVP-LAN
|Ethernet over MPLS|
|High availability incl. end-to-end visibility with optional Network Interface Device (NID)|
|10Mbps – 40Gbps|
|Global reach with managed Network Interface Device (NID) in >120 countries|
|Multiple Services on One Point (MSOP)|
|Comprehensive SLAs and Ethernet CoS for traffic prioritization|
Solid network security requires full traffic visibility. We offer various monitoring tools to check and maintain traffic performance.
Secure by design
|Private connectivity – logically separated from any other traffic|
|Near real-time & historical bandwidth usage views|
|Network performance parameters, including latency in our MyArelion portal|
|NOC situated in a well secured and connected building with multiple power sources|
|Physical and logical security from design to deployment|
|Customer Service authentication procedures|
|Clear customer data handling policies|
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