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Press Release -- March 15th, 2010
Source: Covad
Tags: Ethernet, MPLS, Video, VoIP

Covad Set to Launch Nationwide Ethernet Services

Offerings from 1.5 Mbps to 35 Mbps are purpose-built for cost-effective business voice, data and video on a unified network

San Jose, Calif. - March 15, 2010 - Covad Communications Company, a leading national provider of voice and data communications, will launch nationwide Ethernet services in mid-April. Covad designed these services to run business-class, real-time applications like Voice over IP, video, gaming, VPNs and video conferencing through multiple traffic-handling options via Quality of Service (QoS) and Class of Service (CoS), and are backed by powerful Service Level Agreements (SLAs).

"Ethernet is an important component of Covad's overall portfolio strategy. What will differentiate this product in the market are the integrated QoS and CoS options that give our partners immense flexibility in optimizing network performance based on their application requirements," said Patrick Bennett, president and chief executive officer at Covad.

"Covad Ethernet extends the availability of higher-bandwidth products while also offering new, even more cost-effective Ethernet services at the lower end of the broadband speed curve. Our new services have been purpose-built to support revenue-generating, value-added services such as VoIP, video conferencing, VPN and software as a service."

Covad continues to invest in its network to create the market's leading intelligent broadband services platform, with multiple access options partners can use to expand their offerings, reach more customers, and increase revenues. Covad Ethernet products can be combined with value-added services such as MPLS VPNs and QoS/CoS to not only gain new customers, but also facilitate upsell opportunities for existing customers.

The services can be offered with dedicated Internet access or aggregated with one of Covad's Gigabit Ethernet-based hub aggregation services. Covad Ethernet services will be available at speeds from 1.5 Mbps to 35 Mbps out of more than 4,000 COs reaching approximately 10 million businesses nationwide.

Covad began testing Ethernet services on a technical level with a limited offering in selected markets last year.

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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