PAETEC Propels Ethernet over Copper Network to 100 Mbps

One of the largest Ethernet over Copper providers is now among the fastest, supporting access to PAETEC's advanced voice, data, security, and cloud-based solutions
Date: 
May 3, 2011

HERNDON, VA. - MAY 3, 2011.  PAETEC Holding Corp. (NASDAQ GS: PAET), a Fortune 1000 company that provides advanced communication solutions to businesses nationwide, today announced it has enabled its network with 100 Mbps Ethernet over Copper (EoC) technology leveraging Overture Networks' next generation Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation platforms.

Overture's industry-leading EoC technology and features allow PAETEC to leverage the qualifying existing copper infrastructure currently utilizing up to 15 Mbps per copper pair to deliver as much as 100 Mbps access directly to customers, supporting unprecedented bandwidth at a dramatically reduced cost compared to traditional SONET offerings. PAETEC has more than 370 central offices (COs) directly connected to its fiber network with additional COs planned this year.

"As one of the largest providers of EoC in the United States, we are leading the way with one of the fastest offerings on the market," said Clint Heiden, president of national accounts and fiber services, PAETEC. "Our dense footprint allows us to offer multiple access media and speeds to meet the diverse needs of our customers, including Ethernet over Copper, fiber, and fixed wireless."

In addition to direct access for PAETEC retail customers, wholesale customers also can establish one or more Ethernet Network-to-Network Interfaces (NNIs) with PAETEC to drive down access charges and reach more than 200,000 business locations.

"As the demand for expanded Ethernet services accelerates, PAETEC, with its broad central office footprint, is well prepared to deliver unparalleled bandwidth and best-in-class Ethernet services that today's enterprise and wholesale customers have been waiting for," said Kevin Sheehan, president, Overture Networks. "As the recognized technology, innovation and market leader in Ethernet over Copper solutions, Overture is excited to partner with PAETEC for its launch of 100 Mbps services."

PAETEC's access loops are part of its comprehensive communications portfolio spanning 86 of the nation's top 100 metropolitan areas.  From voice, data and cloud computing services to unique software, hardware, and financing solutions, over 50,000 businesses nationwide rely on PAETEC products to drive productivity and efficiency. PAETEC also interconnects with major data, carrier, and hosting facilities in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Jacksonville, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Washington D.C., among others.

About PAETEC
PAETEC (NASDAQ: PAET), a FORTUNE 1000 company, is personalizing business communications for medium and large businesses, enterprise organizations and institutions across the United States. We offer a comprehensive suite of IP, voice, data, and Internet services, as well as enterprise communications management software, network security solutions, CPE, and managed services. For more information, visit www.paetec.com.