NCTC links with Cogent Communications, Zayo for IP transit services

The group’s membership can use IP transit services from either vendor to enable the delivery of broadband and related services to their customers.

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The National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), which represents more than 750 broadband and cable operators across the U.S., has signed agreements with Cogent Communications and Zayo to enable access to IP transit services for its members. The group’s membership can use IP transit services from either vendor to enable the delivery of broadband and related services to their customers.

A Kansas-based non-profit corporation, NCTC serves as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies. "NCTC is excited to bring Cogent's IP Transit product offering to our members," said Rich Fickle, president of NCTC. "Cogent is a recognized leader in the IP Transit marketplace and by working with them, our members can benefit from their extensive IP data network and cost-saving transit offering. NCTC will work to create efficiencies and growth opportunities for Cogent through a common master agreement and a streamlined approach to managing new circuits. Cogent is very focused on excellent execution and being efficient, which aligns well with our members and the NCTC approach."

Finkle had similar things to say regarding Zayo. "Our new agreement with Zayo gives our member operators access to a globally recognized leader in communications infrastructure," he commented. "This agreement creates attractive economic benefits for our members at a time when broadband traffic continues to grow at a rapid pace with greater emphasis on low latency, QoS, and reliability. We're building a strong foundation for the business today, and a relationship that allows us to explore ways to work together on applications of new technologies including 5G backhaul, gaming and other emerging opportunities pursued by our members."

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