Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) announced this morning that it was the first North American service provider to receive all six retail Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 certifications granted by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).
The MEF CE 2.0 certifications were received for E-Line (EPL/EVPL), E-LAN (EP-LAN/EVP-LAN) and E-Tree (EP-Tree/EVP-Tree) service configurations. The company also boasts a total of 57 MEF-certified employees, 24 of whom are CE 2.0 certified.
“Businesses rely on Time Warner Cable Business Class to deliver highly-scalable, reliable and standards-compliant network solutions. CE 2.0 certification reiterates our commitment to delivering these network solutions using cutting edge Ethernet technology that is certified by an industry recognized organization like the MEF.” said Greg King, senior vice president and chief product and strategy officer, Time Warner Cable Business Services.
Business services continue to be a cash cow for parent company Time Warner Cable. In yesterday’s earnings call, CEO Rob Marcus said business services had year-over-year revenue growth of more than $100 million in the fourth quarter, and was on track to reach at least $5 billion of annual business services revenue by 2018.
TWCBC has a long history of providing Ethernet-based services. It was the first MSO in the world to receive MEF 14 certification (part of MEF CE 1.0) in 2008, and was also an early innovator in delivering Ethernet over DOCSIS, which led to MEF naming the company as its North American Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year for Service Innovation in 2008.
TWCBC Ethernet services are available in over 58,000 fiber-lit buildings and 800,000 DOCSIS-equipped buildings. Ethernet services provide a reliable, scalable, high bandwidth network platform to interconnect business locations within and across metro markets, with speeds ranging from under 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps.
“Carrier Ethernet has become the industry’s biggest success story of the past decade. A milestone was reached last year when for the first time Carrier Ethernet services share of bandwidth exceeded the sum total of all legacy telecoms services across the world, making it the dominant technology in the carrier space. Time Warner Cable Business Class is one of the many companies continually driving the industry to new heights, as supported by this accomplishment,” said MEF President Nan Chen.
Last year Time Warner Cable was ranked seventh on Vertical System Group’s mid-year Ethernet Leaderboard.