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October 11, 1998


By CBR Staff Writer

NaviNet Inc, an Andover, Massachusetts-based company that offers wholesale dial-up access for ISPs, showed itself off at Fall Internet World in New York last week. The two-week-old company, a spin-off of high-end web hosting company NaviSite Inc, is part of CMG Information Services’ Internet Group. It claims to have built an advanced dial-up network architecture, the NaviNet Technology Platform, that offers both cost and performance advantages over existing systems. The NaviNet platform aggregates multiple calling areas into megaPOPs, deploys advanced switch bypass technology to eliminate busy signals due to port congestion and relies on private transit internet connectivity to bypass congested public peering points. The result is a reliable, low- cost network with what the company claims is the industry’s highest call completion rates. In addition to building its infrastructure, NaviNet is partnering with Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs), enabling them to offer data services with minimal investment. The company says its services are more or less aimed at ISPs with between 20,000 to 50,000 subscribers, although large ISPs could also look to the company for complementary services or extra coverage in certain localities. NaviNet also reckons it can capitalize on the current wave of consolidation among many small ISPs, led by companies such as Verio Inc and Mindspring Enterprises Inc, as the combination of the local businesses effectively creates more companies in its self-described sweet spot.

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