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Press Release -- September 8th, 2010
Source: AboveNet
Tags: Equipment, Ethernet, Low Latency

AboveNet Adds MicroCorp as Master Agent to National Agent Program

AboveNet and MicroCorp will work together to provide high bandwidth, low latency connectivity solutions to customers in the metro

White Plains, N.Y., September 8, 2010 – AboveNet, Inc. (NYSE:ABVT, news, filings), a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions, today announced that it has added MicroCorp as a Master Agent to its award-winning National Agent Program. As an AboveNet Master Agent, MicroCorp will have access to an extensive portfolio of core metro services, including fiber optic infrastructure (dark fiber) and Ethernet and Wave connectivity.

As an AboveNet Master Agent, MicroCorp also will have the stellar support of AboveNet’s back-office team which offers proven expertise in designing and building dedicated, high bandwidth, low latency fiber optic networks in top US markets and globally.

"MicroCorp is very excited to have AboveNet as a new partner,” said Brad Miehl, president and chief executive officer of MicroCorp. “MicroCorp agents and customers have expressed a clear need for expanded dark fiber and other high bandwidth, low latency services, and AboveNet’s solutions are the perfect complement to our portfolio.”

The AboveNet Agent Program is quick and nimble, offering a fast turnaround on pricing, ordering and installation for MicroCorp end-users.

MicroCorp, a large and leading master agency, adds value to the AboveNet Agent Program by offering reach into another large community of agents whom often sell exclusively through MicroCorp.

"We understand MicroCorp to be a trend-setting, next-generation master agency, and the alliance is a natural next-step toward delivering our high bandwidth, low latency, value-added service portfolio to an expanded customer base in our metros,” said Michael Brown, vice president of indirect and carrier sales at AboveNet. "Our combined strengths in the metro markets form the foundation for a profitable and lasting relationship with MicroCorp and the end-users."

AboveNet Agents can expand their portfolio by leveraging AboveNet’s high bandwidth connectivity solutions.  AboveNet products are supported by approximately 2.3 million fiber miles in top U.S. markets and globally, a wide range of Metro Ethernet services, a nationwide long haul network and world class IP backbone. Agents can offer premier network services to meet their customers’ needs. For more information about the AboveNet Agent Program visit http://www.abovenet.com/partners/agents.php

About AboveNet, Inc.
AboveNet, Inc. provides high bandwidth connectivity solutions for business and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and among top U.S. metro markets and globally. AboveNet's network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial services, media, health care, retail and government.

About MicroCorp, Inc.
MicroCorp, Inc. simplifies the distribution, purchase and management of telecom services for business customers nationwide and around the world. MicroCorp is also the nation’s leading Telecom Master Agency that supports and manages over 1,500, agents and VARS nationwide. MicroCorp maintains carrier agreements with over 35 vendors and supports its business via an internally developed web based application called Nautilus. MicroCorp also adds additional value to its agents and their end customers by providing insight, which is an integrated module of Nautilus that allows end customers to login and manage all their Carrier Services and Equipment Assets in a collaborative environment. MicroCorp is a Graduate Member of the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech and serves on the advisory board of several telecommunication carriers.

For more information about MicroCorp, please visit www.MicroCorp.com

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This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause or contribute to such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic and business conditions, competition, changes in technology and methods of marketing, and various other factors beyond the Company’s control. This also includes such factors as are described from time to time in the SEC reports filed by AboveNet, Inc., including the most recently filed Form 8-K.

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