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Press Release -- August 22nd, 2011
Source: Overture Networks
Tags: CLEC, Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion, Metro Fiber, Video

Overture Networks Speeds up Integra Telecom

Deployment of advanced Carrier Ethernet equipment solutions to expand reliable Ethernet Services to a rapidly growing customer base

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, August 22, 2011Overture Networks, the industry’s trusted Carrier Ethernet solutions provider, and Integra Telecom Inc., a provider of business grade networking, communications and cloud solutions, announced today the deployment of Overture’s Ethernet-over-Copper (EoC) technology as part of Integra’s expansion of its Ethernet Services product portfolio. The integration of Overture’s solution will provide Integra greater Carrier Ethernet accessibility, at a considerably lower per-megabit cost, to some 400,000 customers, while delivering an extremely high quality and scalable network solution for voice, video, data and internet.

“Integra places a high premium on exceeding customer expectations and providing the highest quality products, and we leverage best-in-class technology platforms to do it,” said Craig Heidgerken, Integra’s VP of Corporate Engineering. “Integra selected Overture Networks as a key partner based on the ease-of-use, quality and reliability of its leading edge EoC solutions, as well as its demonstrated commitment to superior service and support. Overture is a natural fit for us and we are very pleased to be working together to effectively serve our swiftly growing customer base.”

Integra, which currently provides EoC in 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 megabits per second (Mbps) increments, will be raising its symmetrical bandwidth offerings to 100 Mbps, an increase facilitated entirely by this latest deployment of Overture’s solutions. The move will also accelerate the company’s commitment to Carrier Ethernet as its transport method of choice.

“Overture’s best-of-breed EoC solutions are the ideal complement to Integra’s existing fiber network – integrating these platforms into its network will result in increased overall market reach and faster time to service, bringing significant added value to its customers,” said Kevin Sheehan, president, Overture Networks. “The adoption of forward-looking strategies, melding the latest and best EoC and fiber innovations, is a testament to Integra’s dedication to delivering world-class Ethernet Services to its customers. Integra is well-positioned to maintain its role as a true market and industry leader, and Overture is pleased to be part of this process.”

Founded in 1996, Integra Telecom, a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) is delivering new applications such as managed and cloud services in addition to traditional voice, video, data and internet applications. The company’s carefully engineered, state-of-the-art, fiber-based network stretches nearly halfway across the continental U.S. and encompasses 3,000 route miles of metro fiber and 5,000 miles of long-haul fiber. The launch of Overture Networks’ EoC platforms, spanning more than 120 Central Offices (COs), will enable Integra to deliver high-speed, low-cost bandwidth to Integra’s growing list of business customers. While Integra has one of the most dense metro fiber footprints of any CLEC in the country, providing its clients with highly reliable and scalable fiber based voice and data solutions, the partnership with Overture will enable Integra to offer an even richer variety of product and service offerings, extend high bandwidth fiber footprint with next generation copper infrastructure.

For more information about Integra Telecom, please visit www.integratelecom.com. For more information about Overture Networks, please visit www.overturenetworks.com or follow them @OvertureNews on Twitter.

About Integra Telecom

Integra Telecom Inc. connects business by providing business grade networking, communications and cloud solutions to thousands of business and carrier customers in 11 Western states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The company owns and operates a nationally acclaimed, best-in-class fiber-optic network consisting of a 5,000-mile high-speed long-haul fiber network and a 3,000-mile metropolitan access network including more than 1,600 fiber-fed buildings. The company has earned some of the highest customer loyalty and customer satisfaction ratings in the telecommunications industry. Integra Telecom is a registered trademark of Integra Telecom Inc. For more information, visit www.integratelecom.com or www.ethernetcentral.com.

About Overture Networks

Overture Networks is the preferred Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation partner to more than 450 service providers and enterprise customers worldwide. The company’s flexible, high-quality and high-performance solutions help service providers fully leverage Carrier Ethernet to multiply revenue and streamline operational costs by cost-effectively enabling high-capacity Ethernet services over any physical media, including fiber, copper and TDM, for applications ranging from speeds of 1 Mbps to 10 Gbps. With an award-winning universal Ethernet services platform, Overture Networks gives providers a competitive edge for demanding applications, such as cloud computing and mobile communications that require greater bandwidth and smarter networks. Overture Networks is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with a technology center in Richardson, Texas. For more information, visit http://www.overturenetworks.com.

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