SBC aims optical services at the enterprise

12 December 2003 San Antonio, TX Lightwave -- SBC Communications Inc. has expanded its metropolitan optical networking portfolio. The carriers says the new services provide greater choice and flexibility for business customers seeking high-bandwidth networking with fully managed service options.

12 December 2003 San Antonio, TX Lightwave -- SBC Communications Inc. has expanded its metropolitan optical networking portfolio. The carriers says the new services provide greater choice and flexibility for business customers seeking high-bandwidth networking with fully managed service options.

The new portfolio includes updates in three areas: enhanced Ethernet offerings, expanded storage networking services, and expanded managed services options.

The portfolio is designed for medium and large-sized enterprises, as well as government, education, and medical organizations that need substantial network bandwidth in metropolitan areas, delivered with the highest available levels of reliability and service quality, at speeds ranging up to 160 Gbits/sec.

The new OPT-E-MAN service provides customers with the flexibility of a switched metro Ethernet solution, which can deliver the look and feel of a single network across multiple branch offices in a metropolitan area. Initially available in 14 markets, the OPT-E-MAN service will be a carrier-class switched metro Ethernet service offered at speeds ranging from 10 Mbits/sec to 1 Gbit/sec.

SBC also has enhanced its GigaMAN offering. GigaMAN, a point-to-point Ethernet service, "is now more robust, scalable, and reliable," the carrier claims. The enhanced service also extends distance capabilities and adds diversity and interface options. Customers using SONET services can now benefit from the expansion of Ethernet over SONET technology, which is offered at interface speeds of 100 Mbits/sec or 1 Gbit/sec. Ethernet over SONET allows customers to enjoy the benefits of the highly reliable SONET offering while benefiting from the cost advantages and efficiencies of the Ethernet protocol.

Customers needing a highly reliable, dedicated storage networking solution will be served by the new FibreMAN service. The FibreMAN service is a fully managed, point-to-point offering that enables customers to rapidly transfer high-volume data to and from off-site storage facilities, such as an Internet data center, at speeds of 1 or 2 Gbits/sec using the Fibre Channel protocol. The FibreMAN service will be available across the traditional 13-state SBC territory.

For customers that use other protocols in addition to Fibre Channel or Gigabit Ethernet, such as FICON or ESCON, the SBC Multi-Service Optical Networking (MON) offering is available, and now includes customer network management capabilities. MON is a ring-based DWDM offering that allows customers to transmit multiple protocols over a single connection.

All of the services extend the SBC PremierSERV managed services portfolio, which offers businesses the opportunity to outsource every element of their communications needs -- from network equipment, to transport, to ongoing network management.

"We are committed to continually improving the way we serve our medium and large enterprise customers and these new offerings give us a strong portfolio to compete in the national market for enterprise IT services," said Bob Walters, SBC executive director�optical networking. "These offerings, which represent the latest advancements in optical networking technology, give our customers more reliable and cost-effective means to transport and store data, without the added cost of building and maintaining the networks."

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