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April 12, 2011

Charter Business to Offer Advanced Carrier Services in New Locations

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Charter Communications (News - Alert) has announced the launch of new carrier interconnect capabilities in five strategic locations by Charter Business. These locations are based throughout the United States and are selected to provide highly efficient wholesale access to the company’s extensive fiber network, extending advanced carrier services for a wide client base. 

Charter plans to offer a Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF (News - Alert) which will provide advanced carrier services from its new locations. These Ethernet services will range from 10 megabits per second (Mbps) to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). The overall service is designed specifically to meet performance, monitoring and service level agreement requirements for carriers. 

"Charter Business has made a significant investment to build diverse and redundant capabilities at these initial five interconnect sites," said Jim McGann, senior vice president of Charter Business, in a statement. "We are strategically focused on the carrier market; enabling high-capacity, fully redundant interconnect capabilities via either a private cross-connect or our Carrier Ethernet Exchange partners."

"Charter Business now operates two interconnect sites in Los Angeles, Calif. (News - Alert), while also supporting sites in Atlanta, Ga.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Worcester, Mass. The company is in the process of readying additional sites offering identical advanced carrier services that should be available for launch later this year. As a result, the company will be provided additional access to its extensive network of more than 55,000 fiber route miles, which serves thousands of fiber lit locations.

Within this new strategy, Charter has also entered into agreements with Carrier Ethernet Exchange partners to deliver advanced carrier services. These agreements will enable new and more flexible options for wholesale Ethernet access. The first two agreements are with CENX (News - Alert), operator of the world’s first Carrier Ethernet Exchange, and Equinix, a global provider of interconnection, which includes the Equinix Carrier Ethernet Exchange.

 "This is a very exciting development for the market," McGann added. "It allows a simple, cost effective solution for wholesale providers with high bandwidth needs to utilize Charter access services to reach their off-net customers, bringing them great value," he added.  

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