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Press Release -- February 16th, 2010
Source: Covad
Tags: Equipment, Ethernet, Low Latency, MPLS, Video, VoIP

Covad Completes Intelligent Network Platform with Nationwide MPLS VPN, New QoS/CoS Capabilities

San Jose, Calif. - February 16, 2010 - Covad Communications Company, a leading national provider of voice and data communications, today announced the nationwide availability of Covad MPLS VPN services, along with new Quality of Service (QoS) / Class of Service (CoS) capabilities that complete the company's rollout of an intelligent network platform partners can use to deliver innovative services at reduced costs.

"Adding QoS / CoS capabilities to Covad's MPLS infrastructure allows our partners to deliver revenue-generating, value-added services on a national broadband platform that can be customized for real-time applications," said Young-Sae Song, Vice President of Marketing for Covad Wholesale. "Value-added applications such as VoIP, video conferencing, VPN, and software as a service (SaaS) increase revenue potential and help encourage customer loyalty."

"Thinking Phone Networks is evolving its relationship with Covad as Covad itself evolves," said Derek Yoo, Chief Technology Officer for Thinking Phone Networks. "The introduction of services like QoS / CoS across so many types of access with the right levels of performance—like the number of concurrent calls or handling of real-time audio—allows us to further enhance our enterprise communications solutions. Covad is helping us differentiate our hosted business applications in the marketplace."

Covad QoS / CoS enhances the company’s wholesale broadband services by enabling partners to take full advantage of network traffic management for applications dependent on high delivery and low latency. Covad CoS uses industry best-practice prioritization at the entry points to the broadband circuit, allowing the prioritization of different traffic types, such as VoIP and data, to enhance the performance of an end customer's critical applications.

MPLS VPN
Covad MPLS VPNs are for SMBs and distributed enterprises that need to share information and applications securely and privately between locations. Covad MPLS VPNs protect sensitive company information end-to-end on the Covad carrier-grade nationwide network using fast, reliable and intelligent WAN connectivity. Because MPLS VPN traffic never touches the public Internet, it is protected from attacks or malicious activity.

Capital expenditures are minimal with no costly VPN equipment to purchase at each location. This is a key reason why adoption of MPLS VPNs is expected to rise rapidly in the price-sensitive SMB market.

"Covad's secure, private and affordable MPLS VPN services can be delivered over any type of broadband connection, from DSL for branch offices to DS3s for headquarters," said Song. "With Covad-managed MPLS VPNs, partners can provide their end customers with a scalable, cost-effective solution for secure, private WAN connectivity."

About Covad

Covad is a leading national provider of integrated voice and data communications, combining broadband solutions with mission-critical service and support to create a superior customer experience. The company provides a wide range of access and hub aggregation services, including Ethernet, T1, and DSL. Covad manages a robust, next-generation IP/MPLS network that efficiently delivers integrated voice, video, and data solutions. With an expanded footprint supported in part by more than 4,400 COs, Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 45 states and 240 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and can be purchased by approximately 11 million businesses, representing over 60 percent of all U.S. businesses. Covad is located at 2220 O'Toole Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131. Website: www.covad.com.

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