MegaPath takes a multi-pronged approach

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Craig Young, CEO and President of MegaPath is well aware of the value of fiber-based services, having served as the President and COO of Brooks Fiber during the .com boom before it was bought by the former WorldCom in 1998 for about $3 billion.

"... the reality is only less than 30 percent of buildings have fiber in them" - Craig Young

But even veteran telecom and fiber network advocates like Young realize that fiber is far from ubiquitous as a medium to scale their Ethernet footprint.

The service provider is taking the assets it acquired from the former Covad Communications to work for both its wholesale and managed service provider business that serves its enterprise and SMB customers.

"As the former President of Brooks Fiber Properties, I know quite a bit about building out fiber to buildings, but the reality is only less than 30 percent of buildings have fiber in them," Young said. "It's not easy to get fiber in all those buildings and it's also very costly so with 73 percent of the market being untouched by fiber, we felt the best way for us to provide what we believe is a ubiquitous service of 2-90 Mbps is for us to do Ethernet over Copper."

The idea of MegaPath offering EoC is not much of a stretch. Already offering EoTDM and EoSDSL across its national footprint, the move to Ethernet over Copper is not that much a stretch for MegaPath although it was bolstered with its acquisition of the former Covad.

MegaPath will expand Ethernet over Copper into 15 markets by the end of 2011 and an additional 35 markets by the end of 2012. By doing this, the competitive provider will be able to extend Ethernet services to businesses that have traditionally had little options besides expensive T1s or DSL access.

MegaPath network map

Source: MegaPath

In 2011, MegaPath enabled 300 EoC capable central offices (COs) in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C with EoC. When it completes the second phase of the EoC build out in 2012, the service provider said it will have EoC capabilities available in about 680 COs.

Complementing its EoC plan will be VDSL2 supported on the ADTRAN Total Access 5000 platform it has deployed in the field. Young said that they will build the network to support three tiers:  2-20 Mbps Ethernet over Copper, VDSL2 clear channel T1s and fiber-fed services.

"In the architecture we've put together, the chassis that we're installing have the ability to put a VDSL2 card in them," he said.  "We're basically building out this network so it will have it a 2-20 Gbps card in it to do Clear Channel T or VDSL2 by sliding in a blade, meaning we'll build a network that's capable of delivering 2-20 Mbps and for customers that want to go to higher bandwidth we'll put it in that market."

Over the EoC network, MegaPath will be able to not only offer traditional data, but also its suite of managed services that has been traditionally known for.

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MegaPath takes a multi-pronged approach