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November 16, 2009

Marcatel Expands its Addressable Market for Network Services and Improves Broadband Performance for its Customers with Switch and Data's 60 Hudson Street, New York Site

TAMPA, Fla. - November 16, 2009 -- Switch and Data (NASDAQ: SDXC), a leading provider of network-neutral data center and Internet exchange services, announced today that Marcatel, a full-service provider of video, voice and data telecommunications services in the Mexican and U.S. markets, has established a presence in its 60 Hudson Street, NY site. Marcatel will use this new network point of presence (PoP) in one of New York's leading carrier hotels to expand the market reach of its transport and private line services to Mexico. Marcatel has also joined Switch and Data's PAIX® Internet exchange in New York to peer traffic directly with leading global content and Internet service providers to improve performance for its broadband customers in Mexico.

Marcatel has a large Internet service subscriber base in Mexico which is hungry for U.S. and global Internet content. By interconnecting its network at Switch and Data's PAIX Internet exchange in NY, Marcatel is able to peer directly with leading U.S. and global content providers to improve its customers' user experience. Peering also provides Marcatel with additional network resiliency and provides an alternative to paid transit for a portion of its rapidly growing traffic volume.

"Customer demand for advanced video, voice, and data-oriented services has increased significantly," said Diana Daniels, VP of General Infrastructure and Operations, Marcatel. "Phase one of our deployment with Switch and Data in New York will provide more direct and diversified routes to destination networks, making data transfer and Internet surfing more efficient and reliable."

Marcatel also offers carrier infrastructure services to commercial customers throughout Mexico and the United States. Marcatel's carrier services group offers private line and high speed optical transport services to and from Mexico. It also offers colocation in the Mexican market. Switch and Data provides Layer-1 and Layer-2 connectivity between its 60 Hudson Street, 111 Eighth Avenue, and 165,000sf North Bergen, NJ site. More than 400 network service providers are accessible from any of the company's three sites. By making its services available in Switch and Data's New York sites, Marcatel is able to increase the addressable market for its services and generate new revenue for its carrier services division.

"We are pleased that Marcatel has chosen our 60 Hudson St. site as an efficient and cost effective PoP for its network services business and as an Internet exchange point for its growing subscriber traffic," said Ernie Sampera, Chief Marketing Officer for Switch and Data. "The high network densities in our sites make them key footholds in the U.S. market for global service providers to seeking to meet to new commercial customers and expand their connectivity."

Switch and Data's New York PAIX® is the fastest growing commercial Internet exchange in the New York/New Jersey metro region. Switch and Data's east coast growth has been driven by global networks coming to New York to peer traffic with U.S. networks and content providers.

About Marcatel

Marcatel, established in 1996, offers voice, data and infrastructure products to business and residential markets through its high-capacity fiber optics network, with an approximate length of 2,700 kilometers that extends throughout the Mexican territory. Included in its portfolio of voice services, are local- and long-distance telephone solutions, 800 numbers, prepaid and postpaid cards with worldwide coverage, audio conferencing, hosted IP-PBX and virtual telephone lines, among others. Data services include Internet access via DSL, dedicated, wireless, dial-up and VPN connections. Other services include private lines, lambdas, colocation and frequency leasing. Marcatel also has contact center solutions available to complement their telecommunication services, offering the best communication packages for small to large enterprises.

About Switch and Data

Switch and Data is a premier provider of network-neutral data centers that house, power and interconnect the Internet. Leading content companies, enterprises and communications service providers rely on Switch and Data to connect to customers and exchange Internet traffic. Switch and Data has built a reputation for world-class service, delivered across the broadest colocation footprint and richest network of interconnections in North America. Switch and Data operates 34 sites in the U.S. and Canada, provides one of the highest customer satisfaction scores for technical and engineering support in the industry, and is home to PAIX® — the world's first commercial Internet exchange.

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