EarthLink appeals to Southeast carrier's wholesale needs with T-1, Ethernet offering

EarthLink Carrier (Nasdaq: ELNK), the service provider's wholesale division, has completed what it says is the first phase of building out its new wholesale T-1 and Ethernet product offering in the Southeast U.S. market. These new services will likely appeal to other service providers trying to fulfill out-of-franchise business service opportunities.

Service providers that reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will be able to get access to a host of integrated voice and data, data-only T-1s, NxT-1s and Ethernet services.

As a 4-wire DS1 circuit, the T-1 wholesale service provides a connection from EarthLink Carrier's network to an end-user's location. It will offer speeds that range from as low as 1.5 Mbps per T-1 up to 12 Mbps when bonded copper pairs are used.

Customers that have service needs in these markets will be able to order them via the EarthLink Carrier portal.

To support this new service initiative, Patrick Hannon, senior vice president of EarthLink Carrier, said it added 2,877 COs (central offices) to its data only T-1 and NxT-1 footprint and 1,190 new COs to its integrated T-1 and NxT-1 footprint.

Hannon added that "The addition of Ethernet and our expanded coverage allow us to offer a scalable and cost effective solution to traditional TDM services."

The introduction of this new product comes as EarthLink is seeing an uptick in carrier services. During the third quarter it reported that carrier revenue grew 18 percent. On a year to date basis, it said it booked $1.8 million in new carrier monthly recurring revenue, which was double the $0.9 million in bookings it had in Q3 2012.

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