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Verizon Creates High-Speed Direct Trading Route From Aurora to New York Metro Financial Markets for CME Group

Verizon Creates High-Speed Direct Trading Route From Aurora to New York Metro
                       Financial Markets for CME Group

Investment and Engineering at Aurora Data Center Results in Low Latency for
Secure, Reliable and Direct Transactions

PR Newswire

NEW YORK and CHICAGO, April 2, 2013

NEW YORK and CHICAGO, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon announced today
that it can deliver high-speed transactions directly to New York metro
financial markets from CME Group's data center in Aurora, Ill., offering an
ultra-low-latency round-trip route that bypasses traditional area "data
hotels." The CME Group Aurora data center is home to the CME Co-Location
Services offering, which caters to more than 100 direct customers.

The new trading route, part of the Verizon Financial Network, is immediately
available to CME Group, the world's leading and most diverse financial
derivatives marketplace, and its financial services customers around the
globe. CME Group customers include global banks, hedge funds, futures
commission merchants, proprietary trading firms, service providers and asset
managers who now have additional capabilities available for trading on CME
Group's platforms and exchange market data in a low-latency environment.

"Since we launched CME Co-Location Services last year, customers from around
the world have been moving their trading infrastructure to our
state-of-the-art data center in Aurora, attracted by the reliable and
high-speed connections," said Craig Mohan, managing director of Co-Location
and Data Center Services at CME Group. "We're furthering our commitment to
give customers what they need by working with Verizon to invest in our
infrastructure."

The new Aurora-to-Carteret, N.J., route offers very high speed transmissions
with ultra-low latency as low as 14.997 milliseconds round-trip, one of the
fastest speeds in the industry. Leveraging the latest optical technology from
Ciena, the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, and Verizon's buildout of a dedicated
high-speed VFN service node into the Aurora data center, CME Group customers
can exchange large files of critical and sensitive market data, quickly and
reliably. The Verizon Premier Low Latency service features full network
monitoring and management for both latency and availability.

"Milliseconds matter in today's trading environment," said Chandan Sharma,
global managing director of financial services marketing with Verizon
Enterprise Solutions. "Working with CME Group, we've collaborated to build a
direct, secure and ultra-fast path that gives companies even faster access to
the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace."

The new service is part of the Verizon Financial Network, which is used by
many of the world's largest financial services companies to collaborate with
customers and partners, consolidate market access, distribute services and
information, and execute pre-trade, trade and post-trade transactions within a
secure, resilient and low-latency environment. For more information on
Verizon's capabilities for the financial services industry, visit
http://www.verizonenterprise.com/us/Industry/finance/.

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SOURCE Verizon

Website: http://www.verizon.com
Contact: Maria Montenegro, 773-458-2161, Maria.montenegro@verizon.com
 
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