RCN Metro upgrades to 10-Gigabit Ethernet

SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 -- RCN Metro Optical Networks, a division of RCN Corp. and a provider of fiber-optic-based network services, has completed the upgrade of the access layer of its Ethernet network to include 10-Gigabit metro Ethernet-based transport at several key locations.

SEPTEMBER 1, 2009 -- RCN Metro Optical Networks (search Lightwave for RCN Metro), a division of RCN Corp. and a provider of fiber-optic-based network services, has completed the upgrade of the access layer of its Ethernet network to include 10-Gigabit metro Ethernet-based transport at several key locations.

These enhancements come in direct response to customer demand for increased bandwidth, according to RCN Metro. With the addition of 10-Gigabit metro Ethernet at the access layer, RCN Metro says its customers will gain greater scalability, reducing the amount of time needed to increase bandwidth to days -- resulting in enhanced network performance.

"While competitors may offer 10-Gigabit service at the access layer, they're still delivering it via costly DWDM or SONET technologies. With this latest upgrade, RCN Metro is pioneering the delivery of 10-Gigabit metro Ethernet at the access layer," said Felipe Alvarez, president of RCN Metro. "This announcement illustrates RCN Metro's ongoing commitment to continually upgrade our network, ensuring that our customers experience the highest levels of performance and reliability through the most technologically advanced and cost-effective solutions available."

With the upgrade to 10 Gigabit Ethernet at the access layer, RCN Metro is able to eliminate unnecessary propagation, resulting in reduced CPU cycles in the transfer of data from the access layer to the existing 10-gigabit distribution and core layers. This reduction translates into enhanced network performance and data transport speeds, as well as an overall decrease in network latency.

RCN Metro has upgraded six locations from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps and plans to upgrade a number of additional locations in its footprint by the end of the year.

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