Integra Telecom adds Ethernet over Copper service to boost reach

Integra Telecom may be a fiber-rich service provider, but since it's not economically feasible to deliver fiber-based Ethernet to every building, it's complementing its fiber network with Ethernet over Copper (EoC).

Set to reach over 400,000 businesses, Integra's EoC service becomes available this week and generally available on Oct. 1. The EoC-based service will be delivered out of over 120 COs (central offices) complemented by EoTDM (Ethernet over TDM) in almost 300 COs throughout the west.

Initially offering 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 Mbps increments, Integra plans to deliver a 100 Mbps speed EoC service.

The CLEC's EoC and EoTDM expansion complements its fiber-based Ethernet offering delivered over its 3,000 route mile metro fiber network and 5,000 miles of long-haul fiber network.

Although the latest Ethernet debut centers on copper-based Ethernet, Integra continues to be aggressive with expanding its fiber network. In late June, the service provider announced that it expanded its fiber network to 300 new buildings, or by 20 percent, during the first half of 2011.

Complementing its copper and fiber-based Ethernet expansion efforts will be new services such as E-LAN for meshed applications, in addition to participating in Ethernet exchanges to expand network reach for enterprise customers and access for Integra's wholesale customer base.

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