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Press Release -- August 29th, 2011
Source: Overture Networks
Tags: CLEC, Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, MPLS

Spirit Communications Extends Legacy of Success with Overture Networks

Metro Ethernet deployment helps leading CLEC deepen service footprint, opens door to new market opportunities across Southeastern US

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, August 29, 2011Overture Networks, the industry’s trusted Carrier Ethernet solutions provider, and Spirit Communications, a leading provider of carrier-class communication services today announced the launch of a new Metro Ethernet solution based around Overture’s innovative Carrier Ethernet platforms. Spirit, a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) and one of the 30 largest private companies in South Carolina, has completed the successful deployment of Overture’s equipment across a select number of local serving offices (LSOs). With the debut of its Metro Ethernet solution, Spirit is positioned to broaden its robust footprint, and take advantage of emerging service opportunities throughout the Carolinas.

“Spirit earned its place as one of the pre-eminent communications providers in the Southeast by providing next-generation solutions tailored to our customers’ needs. Overture’s superior, flexible Carrier Ethernet platforms allow us to expand our product portfolio while maintaining the high level of service quality we’ve become known for,” said Greg Guerra, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Product Management and Business Development Spirit Communications. “This Metro Ethernet offering is also opening the door to new downstream market opportunities, allowing us to extend our service footprint. Our collaboration with Overture is a key element of our success, and we look forward to a long, productive partnership.”

Spirit is a leading provider of voice, data and Internet services to enterprise, financial, and healthcare customers. It also offers nationwide wholesale and transport services to other carriers, and manages voice services for the state of South Carolina. Spirit’s new Metro Ethernet solution, anchored by Overture’s Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation solutions, has been installed in multiple cities. Plans call for Overture’s products to be deployed in additional cities in the coming months, in support of Spirit’s Metro Ethernet solution.

The completed deployment of Overture’s Carrier Ethernet platforms is enabling Spirit to augment its portfolio with expanded offerings for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), providing the company with the leverage it needs in the competitive marketplace. The CLEC is rolling out a variety of bundles for SMB customers, giving them new options and choices traditionally unavailable from other carriers and providers.

The integration of Overture’s equipment is also providing greater scale for Spirit, allowing it to offer network connectivity up to 100 Mbps to customers of every size across its network.

“With its Metro Ethernet services, Spirit Communications is again demonstrating its uncompromising dedication to a product portfolio that provides unparalleled quality and reliability – something that’s clearly contributed to Spirit’s track record of growth and success,” said Kevin Sheehan, president, Overture Networks. “It’s always rewarding for us to work with an innovator that’s diversifying and strengthening its market position.  And, we’re proud to have been selected by Spirit to assist in the delivery of these increasingly popular, next-generation Metro Ethernet services to customers.”

For more information about Spirit Communications, please visit www.spiritcom.com. For more information about Overture Networks, please visit www.overturenetworks.com or follow @OvertureNews on Twitter.

About Spirit Communications

Spirit Communications is a premier provider of telecommunication services in North Carolina and South Carolina. It operates its own cutting-edge MPLS network and provides innovative voice, data and Internet solutions to a cross section of businesses, government agencies and healthcare organizations throughout the Southeast, in addition to serving the needs of all the major wire line and wireless carriers in the Southeast.

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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