SOURCE: XO Communications

May 14, 2008 08:00 ET

Smith Seckman Reid Selects XO Communications for MPLS IP-VPN Solution

XO Solution Replaces Frame Relay Network and Establishes Platform for VoIP Migration While Maximizing Cost Savings

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2008) - XO Communications today announced that it has been selected to provide a nationwide IP-based wide area networking solution to Smith Seckman Reid, a leading national engineering design and facility consulting firm headquartered in Nashville.

Under the terms of the agreement, XO Communications will provide a fully managed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)-based Internet Protocol (IP) Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution connecting seven SSR locations and supporting more than 500 professionals in six states. XO MPLS IP-VPN will provide SSR with faster data speeds to support the transfer of bandwidth-intensive data and design files, the ability to prioritize traffic including IP voice calls, and improved cost-efficiencies and flexibility over its previous legacy network.

"Our existing network wasn't meeting our bandwidth needs, and with our migration to voice over IP we needed a more scalable solution," said Jeff Swayze, vice president of IT at Smith Seckman Reid. "Partnering with XO, a leading provider of managed services, enabled us to focus on our core business. The XO MPLS IP-VPN solution will enable us to provide rapid deployment of services to our employees across our locations nationwide."

SSR will utilize the XO solution to replace its legacy frame relay network, a traditional data networking service, and positions the firm to migrate to voice over IP (VoIP). Based on their growth and increased bandwidth needs, SSR determined XO Communications offered the most cost-effective solution. The XO solution will help SSR maximize cost savings because of the utilization of one network platform for all of SSR's application, data and VoIP traffic and SSR's ability to access all Classes of Services with XO MPLS IP-VPN for a single, flat-rate rate. In addition, SSR will be able to achieve increased network performance by incorporating Ethernet access across its wide area network through XO's broad nationwide Ethernet services footprint.

"XO designed a wide area networking solution that provides increased connectivity, improved performance and helps Smith Seckman Reid lower operating costs," said Brian Law, sales vice president for the central region at XO Communications. "As more and more companies like Smith Seckman Reid require greater performance from their enterprise networks, XO will continue to provide innovative, cost-effective solutions to support expansion and help them meet their business needs."

XO MPLS IP-VPN

XO MPLS IP-VPN offers businesses and large enterprises a secure, intelligent and managed network to connect offices, customers and partners and converge a wide range of voice, video and data applications over a single IP network infrastructure. XO MPLS IP-VPN provides a wide range of access options to connect locations and flexible Classes of Services to prioritize Internet, intranet, extranet, voice, video and mission-critical business applications -- all over a single, high performance application-aware IP network.

Key benefits of XO MPLS IP-VPN include:

--  Nationwide Coverage - Broad coverage with service availability in 75
    metropolitan markets across the United States.
    
--  Flexible and Scalable Network Architecture - MPLS-based network
    architecture provides a platform for any-to-any connectivity among all
    sites, and allows for quick and easy set up of new sites added to the
    network.
    
--  Broad Range of Access Options - Customers can utilize the service with
    Dedicated Internet Access at speeds from T-1 through OC-X and Ethernet
    services.
    
--  Robust Classes of Service - Optimize data traffic flows to support any
    type of application with one flat rate for access to all four classes of
    service.
    
--  Fully Managed - Reduces total cost of ownership and provides 24x7
    monitoring of network facilities and equipment.
    

For more information about XO MPLS IP-VPN or other XO services go to www.xo.com, or contact an XO sales representative by calling (866) 349-0134.

About Smith Seckman Reid

Smith Seckman Reid, or SSR, has more than 500 professionals delivering engineering design and facility consulting services to clients from various industries, including commercial, sports & entertainment, health, government and education. The company is licensed in 41 U.S. states and has worked on projects in more than 10 foreign countries. SSR projects range in size from small renovations to multiple building and infrastructure projects exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Nashville, SSR has 11 offices located across the country. For more information, go to www.ssr-inc.com.

About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading provider of 21st century communications services for businesses and communications services providers, including 50 percent of the Fortune 500 and leading cable companies, carriers, content providers, and mobile operators. Utilizing its unique and powerful nationwide IP network and extensive local metro networks and broadband wireless facilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services in 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.

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