Cambrian Communications lights high-speed optical metro network

May 15, 2002--Cambrian Communications, a wholesale broadband metropolitan area network (MAN) provider, yesterday launched its high-speed IP + Optical network in and around Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.

May 15th, 2002

Cambrian Communications, a wholesale broadband metropolitan area network (MAN) provider, yesterday launched its high-speed IP + Optical network in and around Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and surrounding high-growth suburban markets. Cambrian also landed three new customers.

Cambrian has established a unique market niche, providing broadband connectivity in underserved high-growth markets in and around the data-intensive D.C. to NY corridor--an area where an estimated 40% of all U.S. telecommunications traffic and 60% of European traffic terminates. In these areas, Cambrian provides wholesale broadband services to carriers and services providers seeking a low-cost alternative to building their own networks or using the legacy networks of incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs).

Cambrian's high-speed Cisco-powered IP + Optical network provides diverse, redundant regional backhaul and metro access through a backbone and five initial MANs located in Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C.; Baltimore City, MD; Baltimore County, MD; Philadelphia, PA; and New York City/New Jersey. Carriers and service providers can connect to commercial buildings and/or carrier points-of-presence at speeds of DS-3 to 10 Gbits/sec within a metro market or between metro markets.

"Cambrian is an alternative to ILECs in markets that are dominated by costly and inefficient legacy services," contends Bill Opet, president and chief operating officer of Cambrian Communications. "Our network is designed to quickly and cost-effectively provide a path for carriers and emerging service providers to access new markets, so they can extend their network reach, tap into new customers, or provide services at a more competitive rate to existing customers."

One Cambrian customer, a facilities-based integrated communications provider, is purchasing private line services to help extend its reach from Washington, D.C. into Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Other Cambrian customers recently signed include a European carrier that is utilizing Cambrian's back-haul network to establish a physically diverse route from the I-95 corridor and a broadband provider that is extending its reach to a major Internet exchange point in Virginia from a Washington metro area point on Cambrian's network, both of which are utilizing Cambrian's 2.5-Gbit/sec optical wavelength services to meet their differentiated business needs.

For more information about Cambrian Communications (Fairfax, VA), visit the company's Web site at www.cambrian.net.


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