USCarrier Telecom, Southern Light form interconnect partnership

JANUARY 28, 2008 -- The companies say this affiliation has the potential to tie together USCarrier's 3,400-route-mile high-capacity Southeastern fiber-optic network with Southern Light's 1,800-route-mile of fiber-optic backbone in four states along the Gulf Coast, as far west as Lafayette, LA.

JANUARY 28, 2008 -- USCarrier Telecom (search for USCarrier Telecom) today announced its strategic interconnect partnership with Southern Light LLC (search for Southern Light). With interconnections in Panama City, FL; Pensacola, FL; and Mobile, AL, this affiliation has the potential to tie together USCarrier's 3,400-route-mile high-capacity Southeastern fiber-optic network with Southern Light's 1,800-route-mile of fiber-optic backbone in four states along the Gulf Coast, as far west as Lafayette, LA.

The first phase was a 2.5G Wave that Southern Light leased from USCarrier between Pensacola and Panama City, FL. Southern Light says it extended its fiber network to meet the USCarrier network in Panama City and Pensacola.

The second phase, completed in December 2007, included the implementation of a DS3 between Mobile and Montgomery, AL. This was the first service lit on an interconnection in Mobile that had been established a year earlier. Both companies are currently providing traditional TDM bandwidth services at speeds between DS1 to OC-192 and Ethernet services to 10G, optical and IP services to their customers. The companies say this partnership will allow each of them to expand these services across both networks.

"As a result of this alliance, USCarrier has a tremendous opportunity to increase revenue as their network expands westward along the Gulf Coast, and it will also broaden the footprint of the DDR Broadband partners, which include USCarrier, PalmettoNet, Access On, and Valley Net," reports Jack Roberts, vice president of sales for USCarrier. "Because Southern Light and USCarrier have similar histories and business philosophies, this synergistic relationship is critical in achieving our growth projections for 2008."

"Southern Light's last mile capabilities and speed of deployment along the Gulf Coast, coupled with USCarrier's ability to rapidly provision long-haul circuits across the Southeast makes a lethal combination that would be difficult for anyone else to match," adds Eric Daniels, COO of Southern Light. "This also substantially increases the reach of our Ethernet backbone across the Southeast, which has been challenging for other IXCs to accomplish."


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