IP VPN and Ethernet services are the most widely used technologies for newer-generation corporate wide area networks (WANs), replacing such legacy technologies as Frame Relay and ATM. Companies in Europe and North America will find plenty of providers of either VPN or Ethernet over MPLS service, and a broad range of configuration options. However, data from TeleGeography’s Global Enterprise Networks research show that companies seeking wide area network (WAN) services in Latin America, Asia, and Africa will find a more limited range of IP VPN providers, and dramatically fewer Ethernet-based options.
TeleGeography identified 30 IP VPN providers in Frankfurt and 27 in Los Angeles, compared to 17 providers in Bangalore, India, and only ten in Cape Town, South Africa. The contrast in Ethernet service availability is particularly stark. While 27 telcos provided Ethernet over MPLS service in Frankfurt, only six providers offered Ethernet service in Bangalore, five in Shanghai, and two in Cape Town. ‘Companies seeking IP VPN services in emerging markets need to evaluate the more limited number of service providers that can meet their network needs and adjust their expectations with respect to price,’ commented TeleGeography analyst Rob Schult. ‘However, they may also find that Ethernet-based services are simply not yet available in the configurations they require.’
TeleGeography’s Global Enterprise Networks profiles the international enterprise network services offered by 60 service providers in more than 90 countries, and analyses trends in enterprise service availability and pricing. Service offerings covered include MPLS IP VPN, Ethernet, dedicated internet access and private line services.
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