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The Mzima Network is a data network and Internet Protocol (IP) backbone extending across the United States, Europe and Asia. This specialized network incorporates the Provider Backbone Bridge Traffic Engineering (PBB-TE) networking standard which adapts Ethernet technology to carrier class networks. The The word Mzima means “alive” in the Swahili language. The Mzima Network uses this name to describe the essence of the Internet connecting with one another.
The network was started in California in 2001 by Mzima Corporation, N.A which acquired several companies with internet networks. In 2005 the Mzima Network became the first all-10 Gigabit Ethernet backbone through a partnership with Force10 Networks. The Mzima IP backbone network expanded into Europe in 2006 providing global connectivity for content providers, enterprise companies, and international telecommunication carriers. The fault-tolerant designed backbone network, connects multiple Tier 1 network carriers and network providers that engage in private peering.
PBB-TE technology is incorporated into communications networking equipment by such companies as Ciena Corporation and enables cost-effective carrier-grade access and aggregation across networks. This Ethernet technology provides fast re-route capabilities allowing optimization of unused network capacity. PBB-TE is part of Ciena’s Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) portfolio and implemented across the Mzima Network. Since this technology provides an alternative to Tier 1 service providers and multi-homed networks, the Mzima Network offers route-optimized transit and private peering.
In January 2010 Mzima Networks announced that its network assets were acquired by PacketExchange, a network service provider based in London, UK. The two companies merged customer bases and operations. PacketExchange has an extensive global network footprint that leverages its 10 Gigabit backbone to provide global Ethernet private line services, MPLS and VPLS networking and peering services.
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