Monday, July 9, 2007

AT&T Enhances Optical Ethernet Metro (OPT-E-MAN) service

AT&T is expanding its switched Optical Ethernet Metropolitan Area Network (OPT-E-MAN) service to include 150 Mbps and 600 Mbps Committed Information Rate (CIR) for its wholesale customers. The new option is available in California, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut.

AT&T's OPT-E-MAN service uses switched optical Ethernet to transport data traffic within a metropolitan service area (MSA) or to access wholesale customers' WAN applications. It provides a Layer 2 switched metro Ethernet service, enabling customers to connect any two or more locations together as access within a metro service area.

The service offers virtual point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and multipoint-to-multipoint data configurations. With OPT-E-MAN service, customers can create a scalable optical service that provides flexible bandwidth options from 5 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

AT&T said the expansion comes on the heels of a recent FCC decision that allows it to negotiate individual OPT-E-MAN service arrangements in areas where it has received Phase I pricing flexibility.

AT&T also offers OPT-E-MAN service for business customers. Designed for broadband connections across a local area, OPT-E-MAN service can be a simple and economical high-bandwidth solution for business customers by offering state-to-state links when connected to a company's virtual private network.


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