Integra Telecom expands the reach of its Ethernet over Copper network

Integra Telecom has made its Ethernet over Copper (EoC) service available in 120 Central Offices (CO), a move that enables it to instantly target over 400,000 businesses in its 11-state footprint.

This latest expansion effort illustrates that Integra has kept to its ongoing expansion plan to offer customers Ethernet in areas where it currently does not have fiber built out yet.

Its current EoC drive is all about providing its Ethernet services to a larger base of new customers, but also accommodating existing multisite large local customers like retail, education and healthcare clients.

Mike Kozlowski, director of product management for transport and data at Integra, said, "With the expansion of Integra's EoC footprint, many more Integra customers can merge their voice, data and cloud services over one highly scalable network."

With EoC, Integra will deliver bandwidth speeds of 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 Mbps increments, with plans to offer a 100 Mbps speed service. In addition to data services, the expanded EoC footprint creates opportunities for the service provider to extend its growing set of managed and IP-based services such as cloud-based security and SIP Trunking to these customers.

The EoC-based service will be, of course, be complemented by its EoTDM (Ethernet over TDM) service out of 300 COs throughout the West.

Besides copper and TDM, Integra continues to be aggressive on the fiber-based Ethernet front with over 2,000 buildings connected to its fiber network. During Q1 2012, the service provider added an additional 129 buildings to its on-net fiber footprint.

With former Level 3 (NYSE: LVLT) executive Kevin O'Hara operating the CLEC as its CEO, a major focus for the service provider will be on continuing to grow out that on-net fiber footprint for Ethernet. In a recent presentation it gave to investors, Integra said that there are about 16,000 additional buildings located within 2,500 feet of its existing fiber footprint. It added that these additional buildings represent almost $245 million in addressable monthly revenue.

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