For many enterprise-focused competitive operators Ethernet-over-Copper technology has been growing in importance, and of course in raw bandwidth potential as well. This week two large alternative carriers announced substantial upgrades to their EoC capabilities that are worth keeping an eye on.
Yesterday the western regional service provider Integra Telecom announced the availability of 60Mbps EoC symmetrical access across its 11 state territory. Integra has spent the last year bringing more LSOs on-net with its fiber, boosting the control it has over enterprise connectivity and increasing its addressable market to include larger, more bandwidth hungry businesses. Their fiber-fed EoC solution now reach to over 400,000 businesses, and at double the previous 30Mbps speeds.
And just this morning, the national operator XO made a move of its own, boosting its own EoC access speeds up to 100Mbps. XO has been one of the most aggressive in the EoC space, seeking to better leverage its central office footprint in a post-CLEC world. In addition, they are planning to bring EoC capabilities to more LSOs, and pass 500 in all by the end of the year. That will give them a total potential reach of more than 2 million businesses. XO has also been on offense lately, including a 100Gbps network launch last month.
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