While cable operators are finding new and lucrative revenue opportunities in the business-services market, telcos are advancing their own technologies for the enterprise. (For more see, Why Cox Is a Business-Services Frontrunner).

Paetec Holding Corp., a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), says it has successfully provisioned high-rate Ethernet services at speeds faster than 200 Mbps via its advanced Ethernet-over-Copper (EoC) network that uses Overture Networks’ Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation solutions.

EoC utilizes multiple bonded-copper pairs in the same conduit to reach businesses where fiber-optic facilities either aren’t available or are cost-prohibitive. Overture’s EoC solution portfolio recently was upgraded with higher-rate adaptive-span profiles to support as much as 15 Mbps per copper pair. These newly expanded profiles reportedly reduce turn-up times when compared to manual tuning.

Paetec’s footprint covers business customers in 86 of the 100 top U.S. metropolitan service areas, and it offers an array of retail and wholesale Ethernet solutions, ranging in speeds from 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps. The 200 Mbps EoC service now is being used by an unnamed Web-marketing company to connect its newest data center to the Internet.

On Aug. 1, Windstream announced it was purchasing Paetec for $2.3 billion. Windstream executives have said their focus for the future is on data centers, wireless backhaul and business services. The combined Windstream/Paetec will have a 100,000-mile fiber-optic network and 20 data centers.

"This transaction significantly advances our strategy to drive top-line revenue growth by expanding our focus on business and broadband services," said Jeff Gardner, president and CEO of Windstream, in announcing the Paetec purchase.

-Linda Hardesty

The Daily



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