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Press Release -- May 11th, 2010
Source: CENX, Covad
Tags: Ethernet, Exchange, MPLS, Video

Covad Wholesale Partners with CENX to Offer Carrier Ethernet Services

Deal broadens, expands distribution for Covad’s New Ethernet services

San Jose, Calif.May 11, 2010 – Covad Communications, a leading national provider of voice and data communications, is offering its Ethernet services through CENX, operator of the world’s first Carrier Ethernet exchange. Covad offers a portfolio of Ethernet services that addresses more than 10 million businesses in 240 metropolitan statistical areas.

The first interconnection is at CENX’s Los Angeles exchange and provides carriers seamless access to Covad’s Ethernet over Copper services, which provide economical last-mile broadband access at speeds ranging from 3 Mbps to 20 Mbps.  Covad and CENX anticipate adding more exchange locations nationwide to further broaden carrier access to the Covad footprint.

“Connecting with CENX will broaden Covad’s wholesale distribution channel and make it easier for other carriers to purchase and sell our Ethernet services without compromising our service differentiation,” said Jeff Brown, vice president of Covad Carrier Services.  “Covad’s participation in CENX’s Carrier Ethernet exchange demonstrates our commitment to expanding the distribution of our Ethernet services.   Key factors in our decision to work with CENX were their expertise, ability to provide contiguous support for QoS applications, and their integrated business and technical services.”

“Covad is an important connection for CENX and our membership:  enables significant revenue and cost-savings opportunities for both Covad and all of our Carrier Ethernet exchange members,” said Nan Chen, chief executive officer for CENX.  “CENX’s Carrier Ethernet exchanges are the world’s first operational service-level interconnects and have rapidly become the new meeting point for the high-growth Ethernet industry.  By leveraging several unique technical innovations and our years of Ethernet expertise, CENX exchanges address the key operational and business challenges faced by our service provider members.”

Covad provides a comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet access services designed to give partners the ability to answer the growing demand for Ethernet service without additional build-outs. Covad’s vast Ethernet footprint is delivered out of 4,000 central offices and simplifies the “off-net” buying process and ensures faster time to market.

Covad Ethernet services are offered with integrated QoS and CoS options, giving partners great flexibility in optimizing network performance for a wide variety of voice, data and video applications.  Partners can also combine Covad Ethernet products with Covad’s value added services such as MPLS VPNs to gain new customers and upsell their existing customers.

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 more than10 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.

About CENX

CENX, Inc. is the first and only Carrier Ethernet exchange provider to deliver carrier-neutral, location-neutral, Carrier Ethernet exchange services to global telecom/internet service providers. CENX interconnects service providers’ Carrier Ethernet networks worldwide and enables vast revenue opportunities, dramatic cost-saving and Carrier Ethernet global ubiquity – a foundation for next generation telecommunications networks. Through its work in the MEF (http://www.metroethernetforum.org/) and in the industry, the CENX management team has played a leading role in the definition of and standards for Carrier Ethernet and the development of the Carrier Ethernet market over the last eight years. For more information visit www.cenx.com.

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