Progress Telecom bridges Latin America to Atlanta with network expansion

Aug. 14, 2001--Progress Telecom's long haul network expansion from Miami into Atlanta provides carriers, data centers, ISPs and CLECs the opportunity to transmit telecommunications and data traffic via a desirable route in the Eastern United States.

Progress Telecom, a carrier's carrier of broadband telecommunication services, has expanded its network to include an additional long haul fiber route from Miami, FL to Atlanta, GA. The expansion also allows the company to serve customers' needs within their strategically located broadband fiber optic network.

Progress Telecom's long haul network expansion from Miami into Atlanta provides carriers, data centers, ISPs and CLECs the opportunity to transmit telecommunications and data traffic via one of the most desirable routes in the Eastern United States. The Miami to Atlanta broadband long haul route is a fully diverse network ring that Progress Telecom has completed by using optical electronics. The company has employed Nortel Networks components, which enables Progress Telecom to mix a variety of types of traffic and serve a more diverse array of customer needs. These electronics allow the company a better real-time view of its network allowing 24/7 monitoring. Progress Telecom can identify and address or often prevent issues in real time. The result is enhanced customer service and reliability.

"This backbone network expansion compliments the company's high-speed metro broadband networks in first, second and third tier markets throughout the Southeast by expanding end-to-end service capability that includes both metro and long-haul," said Ron Mudry, Progress Telecom's president and CEO. The new Miami/Atlanta long haul expansion connects to all of Progress Telecom's existing points of presence (POPs) where it can exchange traffic with other carriers including the recently installed metro rings in the Miami area. This new expansion also facilitates the diverse connectivity of the two previous networks, Caronet and Progress Telecom's Florida network, which were consolidated with the merger of CP&L and Florida Progress to form Progress Energy.

The fully diverse and redundant broadband network expansion is capable of transporting multiple services with capacities ranging from 45Mbps (DS-3) to 10Gbps (OC-192) and optical wavelength services. The new route incorporates OC-192 SONET capacity with 10 Gbps Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) and includes several strategic collocation points on the network.

Uniquely positioned in the market, Progress Telecom's broadband network includes metro network rings in over 25 markets connected by its high speed long haul fiber backbone extending throughout the Southeastern United States and facilitates traffic through network alliances from Boston to Buenos Aires. The Miami to Atlanta network expansion serves as a compliment to the existing network route as well as providing customers with increased capacity transport from Latin America to the Atlanta area.

About Progress Telecom:

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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