USCarrier Telecom and BalsamWest form interconnect partnership

JANUARY 30, 2007 -- Interconnected in Blue Ridge, GA, this affiliation ties together USCarrier's 3,400 route-mile high-capacity fiber-optic network with BalsamWest's 300-mile Tri-State fiber-optic backbone.

JANUARY 30, 2007 -- USCarrier Telecom (search for USCarrier Telecom) today announced its strategic interconnect partnership with Sylva, NC-based BalsamWest FiberNET (search for BalsamWest FiberNET).

Interconnected in Blue Ridge, GA, this affiliation ties together USCarrier's 3,400 route-mile high-capacity fiber-optic network with BalsamWest's 300-mile Tri-State fiber-optic backbone.

Completed in January, the partnership provides long-haul transport between second and third-tier cities throughout the Southeast with previously hard to reach areas of the Tri-State area between eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia, and western North Carolina that are seeking new and competitive services. Both companies are currently providing Ethernet, optical, and IP services to their customers, and this partnership will allow each company to expand these services across both deep-reach networks, say the carriers.

"Not only will this partnership expand the reach of the USCarrier network, it will also expand the footprint of the DDR Broadband partners, which include USCarrier, PalmettoNet, Access On, and Valley Net," explains Jack Roberts, vice president of sales for USCarrier. "This partnership with BalsamWest is a critical component in achieving our goal to offer route-diverse, SONET-protected, carrier-grade service to under-served areas."

"Our partnership with USCarrier, and especially DDR Broadband partners, allows BalsamWest FiberNET to provide direct, deep-reach access to our customers for many of the metropolitan areas near our region," adds John Short, BalsamWest FiberNET general manager and chief operations officer. "As BalsamWest expands to other metropolitan areas, we will look to this partnership to provide diverse, protected, and through routes for our customers."


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