Birch challenges AT&T, Comcast by adding 80K buildings to metro fiber footprint

Birch Communications has made itself a more competitive threat to AT&T (NYSE: T) and Comcast Business (NASDAQ: CMCSA) by adding 80,000 buildings across its 22-state footprint, deepening its on-net building fiber reach to over 400,000 fiber-fed buildings.

What this buildout means for Birch is that it can broaden its Ethernet and MPLS network offerings to a larger set of customers.

Offered as part of its BirchLink Metro-Fiber service line, Birch can now address new and existing customers with a larger portfolio of speeds from 1.5 Mbps up to 1 Gbps. Heavy data users can purchase up to 1 Gbps of symmetrical bandwidth.

The service provider can also use the fiber expansion to address the growing trend of providing Ethernet access to VPN services. Birch's MPLS service prioritizes its customers voice traffic is prioritized over the Internet and other applications, with the option to prioritizing all other traffic as needed.

Birch can deliver MPLS and Ethernet services over its IP network that spans 44 major markets in 22 states and is comprised of 31,000 route-miles of fiber and more than 600 points of presence (POPs). Having presence in multiple markets will make Birch a more attractive alternative provider, particularly for larger businesses that are looking for options to connect their diverse set of locations.

This is just one of several network expansions Birch has embarked on throughout 2015. In September, Birch completed the expansion of its fiber network into 12 U.S. cities, expanding its on-net fiber building footprint to 320,000 buildings.

But it appears that this latest network expansion is just one of several it has planned for the remainder of 2015 and throughout 2016.

Vincent Oddo, president and CEO of Birch, said during the company's Q3 2015 town hall meeting that Birch plans to deliver additional metro fiber-connected buildings across the country to reach new businesses with high speed services.

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