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Lumos Networks bolsters off-net Ethernet reach via Equinix's Ethernet Exchange

Relationship aimed to more effectively respond to new retail, wholesale requests
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Lumos Networks (Nasdaq: LMOS) announced Tuesday it joined the Equinix Ethernet Exchange to increase its off-net Ethernet presence.

Its membership in Equinix's Exchange comes after the service provider earned certification as a Carrier Class Metro Ethernet Service provider from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), something that will provide assurance to new and existing customers that its Ethernet products meet well-established standards.

Working with Equinix will afford Lumos Netwoks a number of near-term retail and wholesale Ethernet service advantages.

Lumos Networks will be able to more effectively respond to multisite Ethernet customer requests that need connectivity both inside and outside of its territory with faster provisioning times. At the same time, other service providers looking for alternative wholesale Ethernet sources can also leverage the telco for their own off-net needs.

When the company announces its Q2 earnings results after trading closes today on the Nasdaq, Ethernet-based business services will likely be a major highlight.  In Q1 2012, the service provider's data and wholesale product revenue, including wireless backhaul, in its competitive segment rose 16 percent, over Q1 2011.

Over the past three years, the ILEC has been aggressively expanding its on-net fiber footprint to serve businesses in its Mid-Atlantic-area footprint. As of the end of Q1 2012, Lumos Networks expanded its on-net fiber connections to 1,066, up from 1,051 as of the end of the 2011, for example.

For more:
- see the Lumos Networks release

Special Report: Wireline earnings in the second quarter of 2012
Industry Voices: The MEF Carrier Ethernet certified professional program

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