September 10, 2008
PAETEC Integrates McLeodUSA Data Networks
By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributing Editor
PAETEC (News - Alert) Holding has announced the successful unification of the PAETEC and former McLeodUSA data networks.
With this unification, the PAETEC expects to operate an integrated data network across its national footprint. Early next year, the company plans to deploy a unified product portfolio, common provisioning and customer-care platforms, as well as network operation centers.
In February, PAETEC completed the acquisition of McLeodUSA. According to the company, the merger created a national network footprint with the addition of 26 of the top 100 U.S. markets across the Midwest, Northwest and Southwest regions of the United States.
The new markets for PAETEC include Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Portland, St. Louis, and Seattle.
“The data network integration creates greater product flexibility for our customers and deeper levels of network visibility for the company,” said Edward Butler, chief operating officer at PAETEC.
He also said that his company began selling key products in the McLeodUSA footprint shortly after the merger closed.
“The integrated data network will be a cornerstone for our upcoming Unified Product Portfolio and customer-facing back-office systems,” added Butler.
Previously, the company has integrated McLeodUSA’s Signaling System 7 (SS7) infrastructure to create a unified signal transfer point (STP) backbone that spans from coast-to-coast.
In addition, PAETEC consolidated caller ID with mame (CNAM) and toll-free services and also migration of McLeodUSA’s local number portability (LNP) services to PAETEC’s local service management system (LSMS).
PAETEC believes that by taking control of these services internally enables it to rapidly migrate customers to PAETEC services.
PAETEC offers a comprehensive suite of data, voice, and IP services, as well as enterprise communications management software, network security solutions, CPE and managed services.
Last month, the company announced the launch of Hosted Broadcast Notification, a service that allows businesses and institutions to deliver essential communications to stakeholders and to ensure continuity of operations during times of crisis.
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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Michelle Robart