As promised in an interview here last month, PAETEC (news, filings) has upgraded its Ethernet-over-copper (EoC) footprint from 15Mbps per fiber pair all the way up to 100Mbps. To power those speeds, PAETEC is leveraging nextgen carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation tech from Overture Networks. The company's EoC offerings have reportedly been seeing strong order activity thus far.
PAETEC's current EoC footprint comes largely from the Intellifiber assets, and covers some 370 on-net central office colocations, with more on the way. Pushing EoC does seem like an intelligent way to marry PAETEC's traditional off-net revenue with all that fiber they have nowadays. The question to watch is whether their EBITDA margins will grow measurably in response - we'll get a very early datapoint on Thursday when they report earnings.
Incidentally, Overture Networks will soon be a larger force in its own right, as they agreed to merge with Hatteras back in March. With EoC gaining adherents of late and the rise of the Ethernet exchanges, they seem well positioned right now.
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