TNSXpress Layer 1

The Ultimate Ultra-Low Latency Solution for the Financial Markets

TNSXpress Layer 1 is an innovative custom solution which uses a completely new, purpose-built architecture. It simplifies the network with a single switch hop, eradicating the need for multiple switches and delivering connectivity in as little as 5 to 85 nanoseconds. This makes it up to 10 times faster than traditional layer 3 architectures.

TNS is the first and only managed services provider that can offer Layer 1 on a global scale. Since its launch in 2017 it has been an essential tool for high frequency traders, but in 2019 TNS made Layer 1 available in the majority of major equities, derivatives, futures and options markets.

Our Layer 1 connectivity offering is available at the following global datacenters: NY2/4/5, Mahwah, Carteret, 350 E. Cermak, Aurora DC3, Frankfurt FR2, LSE, Basildon, Markham, HKEX and JPX.

TNSXpress deploys its industry-leading Layer 1 ultra-low latency connectivity in multiple exchanges around the world.

TNSXpress Layer 1:

  • Supports the execution of trading strategies in a fraction of the time of conventional infrastructures.
  • Delivers ultra-low latency raw market data for the majority of major, global exchanges across all asset classes.
  • Offers superior performance at a lower total cost of ownership.
  • Utilizes FPGA technology to replicate signals extremely fast via a custom code co-developed with Arista (formerly Metamako).
  • Provides improved reliability as deploying less switch hops reduces points of failure while increasing predictability and precision.
  • Includes industry-leading service level agreements with 24x7x365 monitoring and support.

Strategically important market coverage:

TNSXpress Layer 1 enables access to the following exchanges:

  • Via Basildon data center – Euronext, Optiq, ICE EU
  • Via London Stock Exchange data center – LSE
  • Via Frankfurt Equinix FR2 data center – EEX, Eurex, Xetra
  • Via Chicago Aurora data center – CME
  • Via Chicago Equinix CH4 data center – ICE US
  • Via New Jersey Equinix NY4/NY5 data center – CBOE
  • Via New Jersey Mahwah data center – NYSE
  • Via New Jersey Carteret data center – NASDAQ

Using TNSXpress Layer 1 helps TNS’ clients to:

  • Increase their alpha
  • Reduce points of failure and provide higher uptime
  • Enhance queue position
  • Minimize quote to order latency
  • Increase accuracy of market data timestamping

TNS boosts global trading practices

A number of recent enhancements have been made by TNS as it invests in and strengthens the support it provides to the world’s financial markets:

  • To complement the TNSXpress Layer 1 offering, TNS has upgraded many metro areas by deploying the fastest available fiber paths.
  • Lossless packet capture for market data and synchronized order traffic with TNSXpress Layer 1 timestamps is now available, including precision time protocol (PTP) timing.

In addition, the full range of TNS solutions have been tailored for Europe to help clients ensure compliance with MiFIDII.


Map of Global Exchange Connectivity Locations

Listing of Global Exchange Connectivity Locations

North America

  • CME Aurora, Aurora, IL, Chicago
  • Equinix CH4, Digital Realty, Chicago, IL
  • NYSE, Mahwah, NJ, New York
  • Equinix NY2/NY4/NY5, Secaucus, NJ, New York
  • Nasdaq, Carteret, NJ, New York
  • TMX, Markham, ON, Toronto
  • Equinix TR1, Toronto, ON


  • Equinix LD4, Slough, UK, London
  • Interxion LON1, London, UK
  • ICE, Basildon, UK, London
  • Frankfurt Equinix FR2, Frankfurt
  • DigiPlex Stockholm, Stockholm

Asia Pacific

  • HKEx, Hong Kong
  • Equinix HK1, Hong Kong
  • Equinix TY3, Tokyo 
  • @Tokyo, Tokyo
  • SGX, Singapore
  • Equinix SG1, Singapore
  • ALC, Sydney
  • Equinix SY2, Sydney
  • KT IDC, Seoul
  • Banda Kurla Complex, Mumbai

TNS offers a wide range of financial solutions. Contact us to find out how we can connect you to the global exchange marketplace.

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