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Completing its transition from an ECN to regulated exchange status, Jersey City-based Direct Edge today announced the launch of trading across all stock symbols on its EDGA and EDGX "next generation" trading platforms, the result of almost two years of planning and collaboration with a raft of technology partners, including Microsoft, HP, Intel and Cisco Systems.

Lexent Metro Connect, a leading provider of dark fiber networks in the New York Metropolitan area, announces today the company is experiencing a surge of Chicago-based financial firms utilizing its New York and New Jersey dark fiber routes to connect to major carrier hotels, financial exchanges and financial data centers throughout the metro area.

euNetworks Group Limited, announced it has been named a supplier of connectivity to NYSE Euronext's SFTI Access Centres, enabling firms to connect to the SFTI Optic service to access their racks within the new NYSE Euronext European Liquidity Centre. euNetworks provides networking services that form part of the NYSE Euronext European backbone. As a supplier of connectivity to key access centres, euNetworks now supports the networking requirements of NYSE Euronext clients.

Colt, a leading European provider of business communications and IT managed services, today announced it has been selected by NYSE Technologies to provide customer connectivity to NYSE Euronext's SFTI Access Centres via the low latency SFTI Optic service. Once connected, customers will be provided with low latency access to their colocation racks at the new NYSE Euronext European Liquidity Centre located outside of London.

Atrium Network, provider of smarter connectivity for the financial community, today announced that FXCM has joined Atrium Network's global extranet to provide connectivity from FXCM's data centre in Bergen, New Jersey to Atrium Network's POPs (points of presence) located in New York and New Jersey.

City Lifeline, the London-based independent carrier-neutral colocation data centre, has today announced it will provide colocation services for the algo news feed AlphaFlash of Deutsche Börse – Market Data & Analytics. Having been selected as one of three other data centres in London that are to provide access to this data feed worldwide, City Lifeline will offer access to the organisations’ existing network within close proximity of London data sources and metro-area market centres.

NYSE Technologies, the global commercial technology unit of NYSE Euronext, today announced the launch of Order Routing Direct, its new, fully-managed point-to-point order routing service. Order Routing Direct uses patent-pending network technology that allows customers to seamlessly connect directly via FIX protocol with their trading counterparties and doesn’t require routing back to a centralized hub.

This month’s bulletin from the Financial Information Forum (FIF) finds that NASDAQ BX TotalView ITCH 3.2 was up 23% with a new record peak of 113,631 mps over 1 second

Atrium Network, provider of smarter connectivity for the financial community, today announced that its clients can now benefit from low latency connectivity to Hotspot FX, LLC, the New Jersey-based institutional foreign exchange ECN via Atrium Network’s global extranet infrastructure.