AT&T expands its metro optical transport service

August 1, 2006 Bedminster, NJ -- AT&T today announced the latest expansion of its AT&T OPT-E-MAN managed metropolitan optical transport service to cover 22 additional cities. According to the company, this expansion brings the number of metropolitan areas where OPT-E-MAN is available to 41.

August 1, 2006 Bedminster, NJ -- AT&T today announced the latest expansion of its AT&T OPT-E-MAN managed metropolitan optical transport service to cover 22 additional cities. According to the company, this expansion brings the number of metropolitan areas where OPT-E-MAN is available to 41.

Through OPT-E-MAN, businesses with multiple locations can employ switched metro Ethernet technology to link facilities scattered throughout a geographic region to a single managed network. In addition to the expanded service area, OPT-E-MAN customers also can choose from a set of service level agreements (SLAs), measuring packet-delivery rate, latency, and jitter. These SLAs give customers more choices in the type of support that is required to meet their individual broadband needs.

The added metropolitan areas are as follows:
• Ohio -- Columbus, Dayton, Akron/Cuyahoga Falls/Canton, Toledo, Youngstown;
• Indiana -- South Bend;
• Illinois -- Springfield, Rockford, Campaign/Urbana;
• Michigan -- Grand Rapids;
• Oklahoma -- Oklahoma City, Tulsa;
• Texas -- El Paso, Corpus Christi, Amarillo, Laredo;
• Kansas -- Topeka; and
• California -- Modesto/Stockton/Merced, Fresno, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Redding.

"Our customers have been telling us that they want a cost-effective, flexible, and scalable metro Ethernet service with a level of support tailored to their individual needs," reports Sanford Brown, AT&T vice president. "Through AT&T's OPT-E-MAN service, we can deliver a simple and economical solution to customers to meet their increasing bandwidth demands among locations, and to provide flexible access to their Virtual Private Network [VPN] or the Internet."

AT&T OPT-E-MAN is a fully managed, switched Ethernet network service that provides customers with a highly efficient solution for communicating across multiple locations within a metro area, say AT&T representatives. It is an ideal solution for firms with a campus environment, such as businesses with separate administrative offices and manufacturing locations, local government offices, hospitals, or universities. OPT-E-MAN provides broadband capabilities to link buildings in order to share information across employees, customers and suppliers, and other users.

OPT-E-MAN can be configured in a variety of ways, including point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and multipoint-to-multipoint. The service also is scalable from 5 Mbits/sec to 1 Gbit/sec, providing businesses with added flexibility to choose the exact configuration and bandwidth to suit their current needs, along with the ability to change as their needs change.

OPT-E-MAN's original service areas include San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Green Bay, Appleton, Madison, Eau Claire, and all major metropolitan areas in Connecticut.

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