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North­ern in­no­va­tion


When you know the facts, it’s no won­der so many com­pa­nies world­wide are look­ing to Canada for growth op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Both Forbes and Bloomberg en­dorse Canada as the best coun­try in the G-20 in which to do busi­ness. The World Eco­nomic Fo­rum says Canada’s bank­ing sys­tem has been the sound­est in the world for eight straight years. Canada’s to­tal busi­ness tax costs are by far the low­est in the G-7, and it has led all G-7 coun­tries in eco­nomic growth over the last 10 years. There is ev­ery rea­son to be­lieve that growth will con­tinue.

Find­ing the right part­ner

As a re­sult, in­ter­na­tional ser­vice providers are in­creas­ingly reach­ing into Canada to meet the needs of cus­tomers who have ex­panded their op­er­a­tions there.

“Part­ner­ing with an es­tab­lished lo­cal ser­vice provider can make things much eas­ier,” says Adel Baz­erghi, pres­i­dent of BCE Nexxia and se­nior vice pres­i­dent of Bell Canada Whole­sale. “It elim­i­nates the need to build net­works, gives fast ac­cess to ge­o­graph­i­cally dis­persed ar­eas – im­por­tant in gi­gan­tic Canada – and en­sures an es­tab­lished net­work of lo­cal sup­pli­ers.”

In that con­text, he adds, it makes sense to look for two things in a Cana­dian part­ner: one, a com­pany that al­ready op­er­ates an ex­ten­sive and ro­bust net­work and two, an or­gan­i­sa­tion com­mit­ted to in­no­va­tion.

BCE Nexxia ticks both those boxes. As part of Canada’s largest com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany, Bell Canada, BCE Nexxia of­fers a com­pre­hen­sive port­fo­lio of whole­sale prod­ucts and ser­vices, lever­ag­ing more than 5.5 mil­lion kilo­me­tres of fi­bre with links to more than 33 car­rier ho­tels and data cen­tres across the con­ti­nent. It’s all op­er­ated by an ex­ten­sive team of ex­perts and a 24/7 help desk that sup­ports the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to 99.999% avail­abil­ity.

“Just as im­por­tant,” says Adel, “Bell Canada has com­mit­ted to in­vest a fur­ther $20 bil­lion by 2020 to en­sure our broad­band net­works and ser­vices keep pace.”

Eth­er­net: fast, flex­i­ble and ag­ile

A key fo­cus of that in­vest­ment is Eth­er­net, the global stan­dard of net­work­ing. “Eth­er­net is the ba­sis of a vir­tu­ous cy­cle, with in­no­va­tion fu­elling de­mand and de­mand fu­elling in­no­va­tion,” says Adel. “That’s why Eth­er­net has be­come ser­vice providers’ go-to op­tion for con­nect­ing cus­tomers to high-speed, band­width-in­ten­sive ser­vices.”

Be­cause it runs on Canada’s largest and most ad­vanced fi­bre op­tic net­work, BCE Nexxia Eth­er­net en­ables cus­tomers and their end users to con­nect their lo­ca­tions across the coun­try with low-la­tency, point-to-point ac­cess that sup­ports mis­sion-crit­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions.

“Our net­work of­fers a fully re­dun­dant core us­ing state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy,” says Adel. “This en­sures a se­cure core topol­ogy and de­creases sin­gle points of fail­ure. And thanks to our con­ve­nient meet-me points in the US – and soon to come to Lon­don, Eng­land – providers can cost-ef­fec­tively and quickly ex­tend their reach into Canada with­out the need for ma­jor cap­i­tal in­vest­ment.” The com­pany is the first in Canada to re­ceive two cer­ti­fi­ca­tions from the Metro Eth­er­net Fo­rum, the defin­ing body for Car­rier Eth­er­net, and is on tar­get to re­ceive MEF CE 2.0 cer­ti­fi­ca­tion this year.

Con­tin­u­ous en­hance­ments

“We also un­der­stand that we must in­vest in in­no­va­tion to make sure our of­fer­ing con­tin­ues to meet cus­tomers’ needs for tech­nol­ogy that is fast, flex­i­ble and ag­ile,” says Adel.

For ex­am­ple, BCE Nexxia is im­ple­ment­ing SDN and NFV tech­nolo­gies in its Car­rier Eth­er­net of­fer­ings, en­abling shorter ser­vice in­ter­vals, lower costs and faster de­ploy­ments.

The com­pany has also in­tro­duced nu­mer­ous other in­no­va­tions, in­clud­ing a range of new Eth­er­net Vir­tual Con­nec­tion speeds from 2 to 10 Gbps to pro­vide a cost-ef­fec­tive way for ser­vice providers to meet their var­ied de­mands. Also, the launch of new re­port­ing tools such as Con­nec­tiv­ity Fault Man­age­ment will help ser­vice providers bet­ter man­age the per­for­mance of their Eth­er­net net­work.

“In these ways and more, we of­fer part­ners a way into the on­go­ing growth of Cana­dian mar­kets through one of the most ro­bust, re­li­able and ad­vanced telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­fra­struc­tures in the world.” For more in­for­ma­tion, please visit

Adel Baz­ergi: BCE Nexxia is im­ple­ment­ing SDN and NFV tech­nolo­gies in its Car­rier Eth­er­net of­fer­ings

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