SOURCE: XO Communications

May 01, 2008 08:00 ET

XO Communications Advances Nationwide Availability of Ethernet Services

Unique Combination of Fiber Networks, Ethernet Over Copper Technology and Fixed Wireless Capabilities Expand Availability of Ethernet Services to More Locations for Businesses and Service Providers

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - May 1, 2008) - Demonstrating its position as a leader in the Ethernet services market, XO Communications has significantly expanded its nationwide Ethernet services footprint, enabling more businesses, enterprises and service providers than ever to benefit from high-speed, scalable network connectivity provided by Ethernet technology.

XO Communications is now capable of delivering Ethernet services to more than half a million business locations in 75 major metropolitan markets across the United States utilizing its nationwide fiber networks, expanded deployment of Ethernet over copper technology, and fixed broadband wireless capabilities. By uniquely leveraging these multiple network access methods, XO Communications now offers one of the most ubiquitous Ethernet services footprints nationwide.

According to the research firm IDC, the U.S. market for Ethernet services is growing dramatically and will increase from $1.3 billion in 2007 at compounded annual growth rate of 36 percent to $6 billion in 2012. Growth is being driven by customers' increasing willingness to use Ethernet services for new networking requirements and as a replacement for legacy data services. Demonstrating this demand, XO Communications' Ethernet services revenue increased more than 50 percent between 2007 and 2006. In addition to increasing XO Communications' ability to serve this fast-growing market, the expanded footprint also increases the company's ability to deliver other services, such as dedicated Internet access, converged IP and MPLS-based IP-VPN services, which can utilize Ethernet as a network access method.

"Ethernet's ease of use, scalability and price are all appealing characteristics stimulating strong demand by companies," said Courtney Munroe, group vice president, worldwide telecommunications at IDC. "In addition, the growing range of bandwidth options and solutions offered by service providers such as XO Communications will lead to faster adoption in this rapidly growing segment."

"XO Communications is breaking down the barriers to the wider availability of Ethernet with the unrivalled reach of our Ethernet service delivery capabilities," said Randy Nicklas, chief technology officer at XO Communications. "Our broad nationwide footprint leverages multiple access technologies to support businesses and service providers that are increasingly relying on Ethernet to support mission-critical applications and data across their wide area networks."

Traditionally, the availability of Ethernet services has been limited to locations that have direct access to fiber networks. Today, only 15 percent of U.S. buildings with 20 or more employees have direct fiber access, according to the research firm Vertical Systems. XO Communications has taken a leadership role in expanding the availability of Ethernet services to more locations through its utilization of multiple network access platforms, which include:

--  Extensive Nationwide Inter-City and Metro Fiber Networks.  XO
    Communications offers Ethernet services at speeds from 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps
    to businesses and service providers in 75 major metropolitan markets
    through its 18,000 route mile inter-city fiber optic network and nearly one
    million fiber miles of metro networks.
--  The Industry's Largest Deployment of Ethernet over Copper Technology.
    With deployments today in 75 major metropolitan markets, Ethernet over
    copper technology enables XO Communications to extend its Ethernet services
    footprint beyond its fiber network and enable businesses at copper-fed
    locations to take advantage of mid-band Ethernet services at speeds from 10
    Mbps to 88 Mbps for the first time.
--  Fixed Broadband Wireless Capabilities.  XO Communications currently
    has the capability to utilize fixed broadband wireless technology in 36
    major metropolitan markets to further expand its network footprint and
    deliver Ethernet services directly to businesses at speeds ranging from
    10Mbps to 155Mbps.
    

For more information about XO Ethernet Services, contact an XO sales representative by calling (866) 349-0134 or visit http://www.xo.com/contact/Pages/locations.aspx to find the nearest XO sales office.

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.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
    Chad Couser
    XO Communications
    T: (703) 547-2746
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    Chris Roche
    Brodeur (for XO Communications)
    T: 202-775-2675
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