tw telecom's Ethernet portfolio gets MEF CE 2.0 certification

tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) has achieved the Metro Ethernet Forum's Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification for four of its Ethernet service sets. The carrier is also the first provider to certify its wholesale and retail E-Access Ethernet Private Line and Ethernet Virtual Private Line.

Gaining the CE 2.0 certification is important for tw telecom as it adds another element of differentiation for the still relatively new wholesale EPL and EVPL services.

Complementing its growing base of enterprise customers purchasing Ethernet service, tw telecom's E-Access EPL and EVPL have found a niche in the wholesale Ethernet market for serving other providers that need to fulfill their customer's off-net service obligations. Wholesale Ethernet customers can purchase an external network-to-network interface (E-NNI) with a single point of access that can scale to 10 Gbps.

With the E-Access product, wholesale Ethernet customers get access to almost any building or data center in tw telecom's 75 U.S. markets. As of the end of Q1, the CLEC had a total of 18.5 million on-net buildings.

Ethernet overall continues to be a major piece of tw telecom's revenue stream.

In Q1 2013, strong Ethernet and VPN product sales drove up data and Internet services revenue 14.3 percent, or $25 million year-over-year, to $202 million.

For more:
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