We have more exciting news about our network. We’ve listened to your requests and on September 1st, 2017 we will be introducing NTT to our network peering in all facilities. Shortly thereafter we’ll be removing Cogent from our network peers. No maintenance window is required for this as there is zero risk of service interruption. This upgrade will occur in all four locations.
This upgrade replaces a tier 2 network, Cogent, with a global tier 1 network, NTT. NTT is a leader in developing software defined networking, meaning it is impossible to have added latency or outages caused by human error. NTT peering points are not congested, so you will see better connectivity beyond the edge of our network.
During June, the most recent month for which data is available, here’s how they compared for backbone latency:
NTT Cogent Trans-Atlantic: 67.0ms 68.4ms Trans-Pacific: 88.3ms 121.5ms Intra-Europe: 25.7ms 30.2ms Intra-US: 43.6ms 41.2ms
NTT is ranked among the top 5 networks worldwide and is particularly well connected in the Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe regions. With this upgrade, all of our datacenters will have only tier 1 network providers or major regional carriers. As always, we look forward to your questions and opinions regarding the upgrade. We’re always listening and working on improving our service based on your feedback.