UPC Business, the business unit of Liberty Global’s UPC Broadband, announced today that it has launched a new 10 Gigabit Ethernet service to offer European mobile operators and service providers more bandwidth.
The 10 GigE service is available in Ireland, the Netherlands, which is where UPC is headquartered, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romanian. With UPC’s recent acquisition of Unitymedia, this service could be expanded to Germany, as well.
The service connects all business centers over wholly owned fiber systems. UPC Business said the market for high-speed cost-effective bandwidth is spiking upwards due to new Internet applications and mobile data usage. This is expected to reach $40 billion worldwide by 2014, growing at approximately 17 percent per year (CARG), according to market research company Ovum.
“Our 10 GigE service is a cost-effective alternative for customers who need large bandwidths for the last mile, as well as for in-country backbones. Our offer in 40 major European cities and in more than 80 European telehouses is unmatched in the industry,” said David Jan Aris, director of wholesale services for UPC Business. “This service gives carriers the real possibility to connect their global customers with remote sites wherever that customer is located within the nine countries in Western and Eastern Europe. And as UPC fiber has a strong network in dense city areas, we are ideally positioned to support mobile operators in upgrading their networks up to the antenna sites to anticipate the exploding data needs of mobile users.”