Lumos targets wireless backhaul, business opportunities with reserve E-Line service

Lumos Networks (Nasdaq: LMOS) has introduced its Ethernet Commercial Reserve E-Line Service that will address a mix of business service and wholesale fiber to the tower (FTTT) applications.

As a point-to-point Layer 2 offering, users will be able to get access to an additional 10 Gbps and sub-10 Gbps bandwidth options, reserved protected patent selection, jitter and packet delivery.

The service provider will offer the Reserve E-Line service throughout its Mid-Atlantic footprint.

Having this new E-Line service offering will be come in handy as it pursues new FTTT customer opportunities and its continuing edge-out strategy into Richmond, Va. Combined with getting the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEFs) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification of its E-LAN and E-Access services earlier this year, the E-Line product also raises its profile in the competitive Ethernet market segment.

Building on the FTTT success it has seen thus far, the service provider increased target this year from 550 to 600 and its long-term FTTT target from 1,000 to 1,500. It could potentially use the service to attract new FTTT customers and accommodate multi-tenant cell tower sites.

On the enterprise services side, the product could resonate with local businesses in both its existing and new target footprints such as Richmond that had been traditionally limited to using larger telco solutions from the likes of Verizon (NYSE: VZ).

Its Ethernet and FTTT efforts aren't all for show, however. 

In the second quarter, Lumos' strategic data portfolio revenue rose to $29.9 million. Out of that figure, carrier data services, particularly carrier transport and FTTT services were $15.1 million. IP-based services, meanwhile, remained slightly flat at $4.78 million.

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