EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK) is complementing its aggressive M&A strategy to build its business service presence by lighting up a number of new network routes that simultaneously support new services and ensure network diversity.
Among the many upgrades it is making is the buildout of two new OC-192 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) fiber rings, additional high-speed access points for private VoIP network traffic, nationwide IP MPLS and wireless-based EVDO wireless network expansions. The service provider is also bringing its data centers on-net with the fiber rings.
By adding the new OC-192 GigE network routes in Ohio and Eastern Pennsylvania, in addition to a new high-speed route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, EarthLink said it is increasing network capacity on its nationwide IP MPLS network 16 fold. Set on targeting emerging disaster recovery and managed cloud service opportunities, the new data centers in Rochester, N.Y., Marlborough, Mass. and Columbia, S.C. will all have 10 Gbps fiber rings connecting each location to both the IP backbone and each other.
Complementing the wireline-based network efforts will be an extension of its wireless CDMA EVDO data network to offer both remote location connectivity and disaster recovery backup.
With most of the network enhancements set to be completed by the end of the year, EarthLink said the entire upgrade effort will be completed in Q1 2012.
EarthLink expects the majority of these network enhancements to be completed by the end of 2011, with the entire project slated for completion in the first quarter of 2012. The company is not changing its 2011 capital expenditures guidance.
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