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MetroCast beefs up transport capacity with RCN Metro

Tue, 07/21/2009 - 8:20am
Mike Robuck

MetroCast Communications, a triple-play provider, has bulked up its transport capacity by installing RCN Metro Optical Networks’ 10 Gigabit Wavelength Service.

MetroCast said today’s agreement with RCN Metro, which is a division of RCN Corp., essentially quadruples the capacity of its existing network in the Northeast and consolidates the company’s IP services to the two largest Internet POPs (points of presence) on the East Coast.

"The expansion of our network is a major undertaking for MetroCast but will give us a competitive advantage because we will be one of the first medium-size operators to approach connectivity between our markets in this manner, and we are putting an infrastructure in place now that can effortlessly scale over time. RCN Metro's Wavelength Service is effectively the cornerstone of the project," said Joshua S. Barstow, MetroCast's vice president of advanced services. "Our goal is to deliver the best video, Internet and phone service available to our more rural East Coast markets, and this network is a major step forward in realizing that commitment."

By installing RCN Metro's 10 Gigabit Wavelength Service, MetroCast said it’s able to centralize the network, thereby reducing the number of connections, and thus reducing the number of IP providers needed to deliver bulk IP to an individual market.

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