West Coast alliance of "carrier's carriers" provides metro connectivity

Oct. 23, 2001--Three major telecommunications carriers have agreed to jointly market each other's services in an alliance to increase access in several desirable metropolitan markets, as well as connectivity to Latin America.

Three major telecommunications carriers -- Con Edison Communications, Edison Carrier Solutions and Progress Telecom -- have agreed to jointly market each other's services in an alliance that will give their customers access to traffic origination and termination points in several desirable metropolitan markets, as well as connectivity to Latin America.

The agreement -- an East Coast-West Coast alliance among major telecommunications carriers -- will establish a combined network that features one of the largest footprints in the nation providing fiber optic broadband local access to key U.S. markets. This combined network leverages the regional strengths each of the three carriers brings to the alliance. Con Edison Communications, Edison Carrier Solutions and Progress Telecom are "carrier's carriers" that serve the wholesale telecommunications market, including carriers, Internet Service Providers and wireless providers. The alliance members now can use each other's metro area services to provide complete end-to-end (i.e., long haul) service solutions to their customers.

The three companies offer services that are in high demand and directly complementary. Con Edison Communications, a provider of predominantly diverse network solutions for the metro-New York area, is offering last-mile legacy-free connectivity within two blocks of metropolitan New York City business real estate. Edison Carrier Solutions, a division of electric utility Southern California Edison, built its sophisticated telecommunications network using its own internal construction workforce and has the largest competitive carrier network in Southern California, substantially diverse from incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) cable routes. Progress Telecom combines extensive long haul network coverage from New York to South Florida with deep metro network connections in first, second and third tier markets throughout the Southeast.

The companies will work together to enhance customer relationships, develop joint product offerings, and complement each other's capabilities. Con Edison Communications, Edison Carrier Solutions and Progress Telecom offer wholesale broadband services in first, second and third-tier markets. Their broadband fiber optic services incorporate SONET architecture and Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) wavelength capability to transmit information in the form of voice, data and video. SONET and DWDM services range from DS-1 up to OC-192 capacities.

With the alliance, the combined broadband fiber optic network miles total 7,430 route miles and 240,900 strand (fiber) miles. Combined building and point-of-presence (POP) access includes nearly 300 locations.

About Con Edison Communications:

Con Edison Communications, Inc. (CEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. CEC, a carrier's carrier, offers a comprehensive range of products and services designed to enhance the performance of its customers' networks. CEC provides managed data transport services, leased capacity services, and plans to offer in-building optical distribution to long-distance carriers, competitive local exchange carriers and Internet, cable, wireless and video companies. For more information, visit www.electricfiber.com or www.conedison.com.

About Edison Carrier Solutions:

Carrier Solutions, a division of Southern California Edison, is a carrier's carrier providing broadband capacity services to carriers, Internet service providers, wireless service providers, application service providers and cable companies. For more information, visit www.edisonconnect.com.

About Progress Telecom:

Founded in 1998, Progress Telecom is a carrier's carrier providing wholesale telecommunications services throughout the eastern United States. For more information, visit www.progresstelecom.com.

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