High-speed Internet connectivity is, increasingly, a way of life throughout much of the world. It's no different in the United States, and especially not near the nation's capital. To that end, Allied Telecom Group, a broadband provider based in the D.C. area, recently announced a partnership with InfoRelay Online Systems Inc. to establish high-speed connectivity using both dark fiber and lit fiber.
Allied Telecom, at last report, began installing physical broadband as far back as 2005, which is actually before other local ISPs could get in on the market. As such, this gives the company a lot of room in the market, having already made contacts throughout governments at every level, but also into the not-for-profit sector, commercial real estate and even in schools and similar educational institutions.
Getting together with InfoRelay, however, allows Allied Telecom to open up its offerings further among its current user base as well as to potential new customers. Thanks to InfoRelay, Allied Telecom now has access to a set of data centers, accessible via Allied Telecom's Metro Ethernet Network. This improves point-to-point connectivity over a variety of methods, including Gigabit Ethernet, Fiber Channel, and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, complete with redundant architecture. This is in addition to a variety of other services offered by Allied Telecom, including VoIP and data transport.
The arrangement works well for InfoRelay as well, as it was looking for a way to improve its Metro Ethernet connectivity between its operations and those of businesses in the area. Thus, working with Allied Telecom allowed for a comparatively simple way to make those desired improvements, and allow area businesses better access to InfoRelay's data centers directly, with low latency and high privacy.
It's always a little gratifying to see two firms with complementary offerings getting together to make those offerings accessible across a wider customer base. In this case, it was one that made plenty of sense; InfoRelay wanted people to get a better and faster means to access its data centers and Allied Telecom had the better and faster means to reach data. The two working together helps provide a better overall whole. It may seem intuitive on a certain level, but finding those two counterparts to fit together in such a fashion isn't always easy.
While only time will truly tell just how well the partnership works for the two firms, it's a pretty safe bet that there will be plenty of takers for this new venture's offerings.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman