Internap Chosen by Sharedband to Help Bring High-Speed Internet to New Business and Residential Customers
Sharedband solves ‘last mile’ problem with innovative router software that ties multiple local DSL and cable Internet connections together into a high speed link
ATLANTA, January 5, 2009 — Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a global provider of end-to-end Internet business solutions, announced today its IP network and data center colocation services are being used by UK-based Sharedband to expand its operations and offer its innovative network solution in the US, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Sharedband Technologies. As the name suggests, Sharedband bonds broadband lines including DSL, cable, T1, wireless and fiber connections from major Internet providers to offer both residential and business customers faster speeds with added resilience.
Until now, high-speed broadband Internet service was not available for millions of homes and businesses due to geographic limitations of carrier infrastructure. Sharedband solves this ‘last mile’ problem by aggregating local bandwidth connections. Applications such as VoIP, video conferencing and software as a service (SaaS) place greater demands on the local loops used to connect to the Internet. Enhanced broadband services such as ADSL2+ and SDSL also suffer from the ‘distance-to-central office’ problem, and are available from a limited number of central offices. Sharedband solves this problem. Sharedband also resolves the issue of upstream-delivery speed. Most Internet services are engineered to provide significantly lower bandwidth for sending files than for downloading files — consequently resulting in the slower upstream time.
“The Internet is a critical personal and professional tool, yet broadband Internet services are unavailable for millions of consumers,” said Paul Evans, chief executive officer of Sharedband. “Internap provides us data center space and optimized IP connectivity that, when combined with Sharedband’s customized firmware, bring broadband Internet to these underserved markets.”
Internap’s bundled data center colocation and Performance IP™ networking services offer a 100 percent performance service level agreement (SLA). Performance IP is based on patented software technology called MIRO (Managed Internet Route Optimizer TM) and 55 network access points worldwide. The Performance IP platform monitors Internet performance across multiple backbones to select the best path for content to travel. It also integrates seamlessly with Internap’s enterprise data center locations at 44 sites throughout the world, giving businesses a vehicle to successfully manage Web sites and network intensive applications.
“Sharedband’s solution provides their customers a high-speed, resilient link into Internap’s route-optimized global IP network,” said James DeBlasio, chief executive officer at Internap. “The result is broadband Internet service can now be delivered to millions of new residential and business consumers using off-the-shelf technology and currently available network capacity.”
According to TeleGeography, a research division of PriMetrica, Inc., Internet traffic grew 53 percent from mid-2007 to mid-20081. As Internet traffic continues to increase, business and residential consumers need a solution that can facilitate fast, reliable connectivity and provide capacity to keep up with the growing dependence on the Web.
Sharedband software enhances broadband communications by creating faster upload and download speeds and more resilient connections for business sites anywhere using existing lines. It is deployed as a managed service connecting to Sharedband’s national data centers and resold by Service Providers including ISPs, ASPs and Systems Integrators or directly from www.sharedband.com. Sharedband Service Providers are able to offer business customers enhanced broadband services using existing lines. The service improves connectivity for remote sites and branch offices, and bandwidth hungry applications like multiple VoIP, VPN’s, hosted applications and off site data backup. Sharedband works by managing data flows at the packet level across several lines so that the capacities of the lines are aggregated together and act as a single connection that is also resilient. Sharedband is a patented technology and Sharedband Limited is a private company based in Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. Its US subsidiary, Sharedband Technologies, LLC is based in Seattle, WA.
Internap is a leading Internet solutions company that provides The Ultimate Online Experience™ by managing, delivering and distributing applications and content with 100% performance and reliability. With a global platform of data centers, managed Internet services and a content delivery network (CDN), Internap frees its customers to innovate their business, improve service levels, and lower the cost of IT operations. More than 3,000 companies across the globe trust Internap to help them achieve their Internet business goals. For more information, visit internap.josh.ux.voxel.net.
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