MegaPath is continuing its aggressive buildout of its Ethernet service footprint, extending its Extended Ethernet EoDS1-based service option to an additional 208 ILEC central offices (COs).
The CLEC said its Extended Ethernet services currently reach 3.2 million business customers in 46 U.S. markets.
Today, MegaPath offers Extended Ethernet (EoDS1) in 592 COs with speeds up to 12 Mbps. It has set a target to reach 700 COs with the service by the end of the year.
It also offers symmetrical EoC in 700 COs with speeds up to 135Mbps and its recently announced asymmetric product in 517 COs with speeds up to 50/10 Mbps. By the end of the year, the asymmetric service will be available in 700 COs by the end of the year and will include a 150/10 bandwidth tier.
Although EoC can't match a fiber-based connection, it can provide much higher speeds for a competitive price for businesses that may be out of range of a fiber connection.
"EoC hasn't been able to beat the top end of fiber-fed broadband services in terms of raw speed to price, but the fact that it's dedicated bandwidth makes it a stronger challenger," said Brian Washburn, service director, Business Network & IT Services for Current Analysis, in an e-mail to FierceTelecom.
In addition MegaPath's EoC service provide necessary SLAs and dedicated bandwidth that is critical to local doctors and lawyers offices, for example.
Pasha Mohammed, Vice President, Product Management, for Network Services at MegaPath, said that its EoC products come with "four Classes of Service queues to handle your browsing traffic, data traffic, mission critical applications and real-time applications."
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Updated article on August 21 with a clarification on the amount of COs and speed options.