Verizon Targets Traders With High-Speed Network

By Greg Bensinger from The Wall Street Journal

NEW YORK—Verizon Communications Inc. is looking at Wall Street as it attempts to draw new customers with yet another high-speed network.

The telecommunications heavyweight, which boasts that its Verizon Wireless has the fastest wireless broadband network, is set to unveil a new service this week targeting traders for whom shaving milliseconds off deals can mean a difference of millions of dollars.

Verizon is seeking to expand in an area dominated by lesser-known companies. Its upgraded network will link the Chicago and New York metropolitan areas, allowing trading at speeds topping out at 14.5 milliseconds round trip between the two cities, said Chandan Sharma, global managing director of Verizon Financial Services. That’s as much as a five-millisecond improvement over Verizon’s current offerings, he said.

“Milliseconds make a big difference in this market,” Mr. Sharma said.

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