FairPoint establishes Ethernet service presence in New York City

FairPoint Communications (Nasdaq: FRP) is enhancing the reach of its Ethernet capabilities by establishing a carrier Ethernet connection hub in New York City, giving business and carrier customers what it says is one-stop access to FairPoint's footprint in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

The move into New York builds on its announcement earlier this year to provide a similar capability in Boston.

With these new connection points at One Summer Street in Boston and now at 60 Hudson Street in New York City, business and wholesale carrier customers have access to the telco's northern New England network footprint in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Albeit a bit later to the Ethernet game than other players, FairPoint has built a sizeable Ethernet-capable network that's delivered over its 15,000 route mile fiber network in New England.

Over 80 percent of the telco's Central Offices (COs) have been equipped with Ethernet switching and related equipment to deliver Ethernet to retail and wholesale customers, enabling them to connect with more than 95 percent of New England businesses.

Being able to extend services from key cities such as Boston and New York City will enable FairPoint to more effectively compete against a host of emerging CLECs and cable operators, including Lightower, Tech Valley Communications and Comcast Business (Nasdaq: CMCSA), all of which are enhancing their Ethernet portfolios.

The telco's move to expand its Ethernet reach and service set is becoming an emerging revenue source, a trend that continued into the second quarter.

Ethernet, which contributed about $14 million of revenue, rose from $10 million in the same period a year ago. Retail and wholesale circuits grew 49.2 percent year-over-year.

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