Allstream, Manitoba Telecom Services' business services subsidiary, has added the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification to its growing list of amenities to attract new multi-site business customers.
The MEF granted its CE 2.0 certification to two of Allstream's key Ethernet-based products: E-Line and E-Access. These services are designed to simplify the network infrastructure, particularly for multi-site businesses.
By gaining the CE 2.0 certification, Allstream will have a near-term differentiator to battle large rivals like Bell Canada and Telus.
Allstream also can play up the fact that it has been expanding its on-net building presence, another key element in a service provider's ability to provide fiber-based Ethernet services. In the first quarter of 2014, it expanded its on-net fiber footprint by adding 66 buildings to its IP-based fiber network. As of the end of March, it had a total of 3,069 buildings.
However, they are not the first service provider to gain MEF CE 2.0 certification. Competitive providers Wire IE and FibreNoire already gained their certification.
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Updated article and headline to reflect the fact that Allstream is not the first Canadian provider to get MEF CE 2.0 certification.