Time Warner touts Ethernet milestone

AUGUST 1, 2007 -- Time Warner Telecom says it has surpassed 10,000 Ethernet ports in service for enterprise customers.

AUGUST 1, 2007 -- Time Warner Telecom Inc. (search for Time Warner Telecom) today announced that is delivering more than 10,000 retail Ethernet service ports to enterprise customers locally and nationally over its national backbone and metro fiber-optic network. Time Warner Telecom claims it has connected more enterprise buildings with fiber than any other competitive carrier in the U.S., and each customer in each building can have Ethernet connectivity to serve its mission critical business applications.

"Time Warner Telecom has long been a leader in the delivery of Ethernet services in the industry," contends Mike Rouleau, senior vice president of strategy and business development for Time Warner Telecom. "We continue to lead this industry through product innovation and by delivering flexibility to our customers. Because we work directly with them to match the architecture and technology with the right application, we can better meet their budget and connectivity requirements," he says. "This is not a 'one-size fits all' solution, but rather a collaborative approach to create a solution that truly benefits the customer's individual needs."

Ethernet fundamentally changes the way businesses connect and communicate between locations by simply extending what the enterprise has within the building to other buildings, saving customers' money and delivering far greater bandwidths than technologies like Frame Relay and ATM. These services enable new ways of delivering on mission critical business applications supporting storage networks, faster financial transactions, and instant delivery of medical images.

The company says Ethernet services have been key in fueling the growth of its enterprise business. Time Warner Telecom has a broad service portfolio of local Ethernet services delivering Ethernet over wavelengths, switching infrastructure, and SONET. In 2003, the company added a city-to-city Ethernet service using VPLS technology. And in 2006, the company extended its portfolio to use copper facilities that enable connectivity to the branch office and remote medical clinics. About half of the company's enterprise customer Ethernet ports are at 100-Mbit/sec, 1-Gbit/sec, and 10-Gbit/sec port speeds.

"Business customers are using our metro and wide area Ethernet connections for easier to use and more scalable site-to-site communications, more reliable Internet access, MPLS VPN, medical imaging, and data storage connectivity," Rouleau reports.

The next step in the company's Ethernet strategy is focused on convergence and the delivery of multiple services over an Ethernet backbone. "We've enabled our Ethernet service portfolio to support the delivery of applications like VoiceIover IP and MPLS VPNs in addition to Intranet and Internet connectivity all over a single Ethernet connection," adds Rouleau. "No one else in the industry is delivering on this promise of network convergence, which delivers to the customer more bandwidth at a reduced overall monthly expense, like Time Warner Telecom does," he contends.


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