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Network service provider IPC Systems has upgraded its transatlantic links by extending the high speed dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) network that connects North American trading hubs in New York directly to venues in London. Onward European connectivity is supported by the company’s pan-European optical network.

BLADE Network Technologies, Inc. (BLADE), the data centre switching company, today announced that Options IT, a provider of high-performance Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to the buyside and sellside, has deployed BLADE’s RackSwitch 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) top-of-rack technology to ensure lowest possible latency for clients of its PIPE Velocity ultra-low latency market data, connectivity and application hosting service.

London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group will open its data centre to solution vendors and service providers at the end of November 2010. Marking a step forward in the Exchange Hosting strategy that it introduced in September 2009, the scheme will add non-trading market participants to the high frequency algorithmic trading firms already co-located at the LSE data centre in the City of London.

ADVA Optical Networking's Brian Quigley moderates a panel discussion about exchange connectivity at the recent A-Team Insight Exchange event held in New York City on September 27. New technologies are rapidly lowering the transport times between exchange locations. As firms expand their HFT and Algo markets to include equities, options and FX they are gaining significant competitive advantages by lowering latency and reducing complexity in their physical connections between buildings. This session explored the most common connectivity options in use today by  firms looking to lower latency in their exchange to exchange connectivity.

Interxion, a leading European operator of carrier-neutral colocation data centres, today announced an agreement with the Nordic multilateral trading facility (MTF) Burgundy to move its matching engines to Interxion’s Nordic Financial Hub in Stockholm. This agreement allows investment and trading firms to connect at ultra-low latency to Burgundy’s platform.

Spread Networks, LLC, a privately owned telecommunications provider, today announced the introduction of low latency Ethernet wave services connecting New York and Chicago in under 15.75 milliseconds - the lowest latency of any commercially available wavelength services connecting America’s largest financial centers.

In an initiative to expand its marketplace beyond major trading firms, ticker plant vendor Exegy has introduced Data Tone, allowing smaller firms to access a set of market data for as low as $1,000 per month per connection.

Telx, a leading interconnection and colocation provider in strategic North American markets, today announced that it has nearly doubled the footprint of its data center at the 111 8th Avenue facility in New York City, considered the premier Financial Markets location in the NY Metro area. The addition of 40,000 square feet of capacity for financial institutions, telecommunications service providers, cloud providers and Software as a Service (SaaS) providers allows Telx to expand colocation and interconnection services and establishes them as the dominant provider in this key location.

Quantitative Brokers, a fixed-income algorithmic executing broker, announced its launch of a suite of algorithmic strategies for trading US interest rates futures. The algorithms are the first-ever agency algorithms designed specifically to accommodate the unique Pro-Rata and FIFO matching engines for CME Eurodollar and Treasury futures. The strategies provide traders anonymity while searching for price or volume improvements through sophisticated order book placement and real-time analytics.