TWT CEO Calls for Policies to Promote Ethernet

October 8, 2007

Larissa Herda, Chairman, CEO and President of Time Warner Telecom (NASDAQ: TWTC) today advocated policies to promote Ethernet availability for American businesses before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.

“Enterprise customers want the benefits of Ethernet,” Herda said. “They want the flexibility, simplicity and scalability that this technology provides in enabling them to converge their networks and achieve economies of scale and innovation. What DSL did for residential customers, Ethernet does for enterprises. Ethernet is broadband for businesses and with it, they become more efficient and competitive.”
Herda contends that businesses are denied these benefits because incumbents have no incentive to offer Ethernet as it cannibalizes their huge Frame Relay and ATM businesses.
“The only feasible means of increasing the benefits of Ethernet to businesses is for the FCC to prescribe lower wholesale Ethernet prices charged by the large monopoly incumbents so that competitors, like Time Warner Telecom, can offer these services to locations not reached by their networks,” Herda said.

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EoC – Ethernet over Copper

July 31, 2007

Ethernet over Copper (EoC) will become more and more widely used as an alternative to bonded T1 and fractional DS3. It actually fills the gap in between. A major advantage is that – what’s in a name – it runs over copper where as with a (fractional) DS3 fiber is required, which often results in a high local loop cost or extremely expensive build outs if the building is not lit.

XO Communications is one of the carriers aggresively playing the ethernet field. They offer a 10Mbps ethernet over copper circuit for under $1500 per month (edit: with more competition we are now able to offer Ethernet over Copper (or sometimes Ethernet over serial, aka ethernet over DS1 ) to customers at $1000-$1500. If you compare that to the cost of a bonded NxT1 or fractional DS3, ethernet over copper pricing is great. Another advantage of EoC over NxT1 is the lower CPE hardware cost, as EoC is delivered over an ethernet handoff.

XO’s Ethernet over Copper actually runs over 5 pairs of copper, and even with a few pairs down it will continue to run (on a lower speed). Since it is an ethernet hand off the cost of the CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) is much lower.

Contact us to see if Ethernet over Copper (EoC) is available at your business location.


PAETEC Launches MPLS, IP Ethernet Service

June 26, 2007

PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: PAET) today announced the availability of its Ethernet Local Loop transport service to support MPLS and Internet services. Ethernet access provides built-in scalability without the need to order additional facilities when more bandwidth is required. Read the rest of this entry »


XO Communications launches broadband wireless in Las Vegas

June 6, 2007

Businesses in the Las Vegas metropolitan area now have a new option for high-speed Internet access and private data networking services thanks to the roll out of broadband wireless technology from XO Communications and Nextlink Wireless, Inc., an affiliated XO company and the nation’s largest holder of Local Multipoint Distribution System (LMDS) spectrum with licenses in 75 metropolitan markets. With today’s launch in Las Vegas, XO Communications now operates broadband wireless networks in twelve metropolitan markets across the United States. Read the rest of this entry »


XO signs Multi-Million Dollar Deal with Hatteras Networks

April 18, 2007

Hatteras Networks today announced that XO Communications has signed a multi-million dollar agreement, standardizing on its award-winning HN4000 and HN400 platforms as the exclusive Mid-Band Ethernet (MBE) solution to be used in its network. XO is currently deploying the Hatteras platform to expand the reach of its Ethernet Services footprint in 60 metropolitan markets, enabling businesses at copper-fed locations to take advantage of Ethernet services previously only available at buildings connected by fiber. Read the rest of this entry »