Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision, said today that it has introduced the first Ethernet-based virtual private ring service (VPRS) for businesses in its New York metropolitan area footprint.

With VPRS, companies with three or more locations can take advantage of Metro Ethernet-based, high-speed communications over their own dedicated network.

Optimum Lightpath said VPRS is a fully resilient, business-dedicated Layer 2 access service that delivers 500 megabit, 1,000 megabit and 10 gigabit connectivity to businesses.

By delivering dedicated, Ethernet-based fiber-to-the-business, VPRS interconnects each site, offering businesses multiple services across a dedicated amount of bandwidth. It also affords businesses the flexibility to pay a flat fee per site vs. per connection or per mile. VPRS delivers low latency communications services, simplified billing and, soon, online self-provisioning and real-time reporting.

“For businesses with sophisticated communications requirements, Optimum Lightpath delivers Ethernet-quality VPRS between locations for the fastest and most flexible communications for working smarter, better and faster,” said John Macario, senior vice president of product strategy and management for Optimum Lightpath. “VPRS allows businesses to dynamically manage their connectivity based on changing needs, controlling costs and bandwidth allocation, at the highest efficiencies possible.”

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