First Communications broadens Ethernet reach with Ethernet DIA

First Communications may not have the name recognition of AT&T (NYSE: T) or Verizon (NYSE: VZ), but the service provider's Business Services Group (BSG) is offering an alternative Ethernet-based Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) service that will put Ethernet into the hands of more business customers.

First Communications Ethernet DIA

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While the typical entry point for Ethernet was 10 Mbps over fiber, the Midwestern provider is enabling a wider range of businesses to get Ethernet because it will deliver Ethernet DIA over various access methods, including copper, DS1, and available fiber.

The new DIA service is available in two flavors: Premium Ethernet DIA and Ethernet DIA. Offered over its available fiber network facilities, Premium Ethernet DIA can deliver speeds from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps. And for customers that don't require or can't be reached with a fiber connection, the copper-based Ethernet DIA service offers speeds from 5 to 20 Mbps.   

Jay Martin, vice president of marketing and product management, First Communications, said that by offering Ethernet over all of these access methods, they "can offer businesses the best solutions based on their location and specific business needs."

Another key piece of the DIA service is that First Communications has total control over the service. This means that customers that purchase First Communications' BSG Ethernet DIA service will be complemented with various Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and 24x7 supports conducted out of their own Network Operations Center (NOC) facilities.

The ongoing adoption of Ethernet services like First Communications' DIA illustrates the ongoing tipping point that Vertical Systems Group argues is taking place this year in the data communications industry where Ethernet speeds are finally surpassing legacy circuits.

By being flexible with their offering, the service provider can appeal to businesses that are possibly looking at new alternative providers like a cable MSO or a CLEC such as First Communications.

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