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MetroCast selects RCN for wavelength transport service

To gain direct connection to two IP POPs on the East coast

By CBR Staff Writer

MetroCast Communications, a provider of digital television, internet and digital phone services, and RCN Metro Optical Networks, a division of RCN Corp and a provider of fiber optic-based network products, have signed an agreement that is expected to quadruple the capacity of MetroCast’s existing network in the Northeast and consolidate the communication company’s IP services to two internet POPs on the East coast.

The selection of RCN Metro for additional wavelength transport service reportedly accelerates MetroCast’s transition to a private network with virtually unlimited capacity. This is expected to allow MetroCast to offer enhanced access to internet, video and other communications services to its business and residential customers.

Joshua Barstow, VP of advanced services at MetroCast, said: “The expansion of our network is a major undertaking for MetroCast but will give us a competitive advantage because we will be one of the first medium-sized operators to approach connectivity between our markets in this manner and we are putting an infrastructure in place now that can effortlessly scale over time.

“RCN Metro’s wavelength service is effectively the cornerstone of the project. Our goal is to deliver the best video, internet and phone service available to our more rural, east coast markets and this network is a major step forward in realising that commitment.”

Additionally, by installing RCN Metro’s 10 Gigabit wavelength service, MetroCast will be able to centralise the network that will reduce the number of connections and internet protocol providers needed to deliver IP to an individual market.

Felipe Alvarez, president of RCN Metro, said: “We are pleased that we are expanding our relationship with MetroCast. Our ability to understand our clients’ needs and design a comprehensive solution that meets those needs is what sets us apart in the marketplace. Like MetroCast, RCN Metro has long served rural markets, and we strongly believe in the value of providing reliable, high-capacity solutions to these locations and giving these customers a viable alternative to the status quo.”

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