Ethernet Internet Access service boosts Frontier's growing wholesale channel

Frontier has added Ethernet Internet Access (EIA) designed to serve its wholesale carrier customers, including its mix of wireless and traditional providers looking to expand their off-net Ethernet footprints.

This new service follows its recently released Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) Silver, Gold and Platinum enhancements for the Frontier Ethernet Solutions product portfolio.

The wholesale EIA service will enable carrier customers to enhance their ability to offer Internet access to their business customers inside Frontier's service footprint. While wholesale EIA will be sold through its carrier channel, it will be equivalent to its retail EIA offering by including a package of the Ethernet access circuit and Internet port and bandwidth tiers ranging from 1 Mbps to 1 Gbps.

Wholesale Ethernet has been a new growth engine for Frontier. Available wherever Frontier's existing EVPL product is available throughout the company's markets in 28 states, the product will support IPv6 standards as well as IPv4 if requested.

EIA is just one of a number of new products Frontier plans to release. In the coming months, the service provider's wholesale channel also plans to release a regional Ethernet network-to-network interconnection (E-NNI) product, coupled with the ability to support 10 Gbps interfaces.

Ethernet overall has been a growing factor in its business market segment.

During the second-quarter 2015 earnings call, Dan McCarthy, CEO of Frontier, said that ongoing network investments in its backbone network have enabled it grow Ethernet revenue in recent years.

"Over the last few years, we have made substantial investments to enhance our Ethernet capabilities for both our wholesale and retail Ethernet markets," McCarthy said. "These investments have produced strong year-over-year, double digit growth in our Ethernet service revenue."

McCarthy added that this "double digit growth more than offset the headwinds we continue to experience in the wireless backhaul segment."

For more:
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