Monday, September 13, 2010

XO Expands Ethernet-over-Copper Network

XO Communications has expanded its Ethernet over Copper (EoC) network by more than 30 percent, increasing the company's coverage in 39 existing markets and launching availability in Charlotte, N.C., Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y. The expanded footprint is due to newly activated EoC-enabled local service offices (LSOs), bringing XO's count to more than 400 LSOs across the U.S. By bonding copper pairs, XO Communications enables its customers to scale their delivered bandwidth from 3 Mbps up to 20 Mbps.

XO said Ethernet over Copper footprint provides a high-bandwidth connectivity solution that circumvents the cost and availability challenges of fiber. While fewer than 5 percent of all businesses in the U.S. are connected via fiber (New Paradigm Resources Group, 2010), the XO EoC network alone reaches more than 1 million businesses.

"The business case for EoC technology is stronger than ever. This solution addresses our enterprise customers' needs for more access bandwidth to sophisticated services by combining the advantages of Ethernet with the reach of copper lines, which now touch a majority of U.S. businesses," said Randy Nicklas, Chief Technology Officer at XO Communications. "Beyond these benefits for business customers, our carrier customers can leverage EoC to meet multiple business objectives -- from entering new markets and attracting new customers to selling higher-value services into their existing client base."

"With market dynamics constantly fluctuating and special-access rates on the rise, EoC continues to be a stable and reliable option," he added.

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