RCN Beefs Up Business Ethernet

Adds 100-Gig Offering to Biz Menu
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RCN Business, the commercial services arm of RCN, said it has upgraded its Ethernet network backbone to include 100 Gigabit per second links.

With the upgrade, RCN Business, a Metro Ethernet Forum 2.0 certified carrier, said it can now scale its Ethernet services from 3 Mbps to 100 Gbps.

RCN Business is using the platform to target small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprises in markets  such as Boston; Chicago; Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley, Pa.; Washington, D.C.; and New York  City. RCN is battling in a highly competitive marketplace. 

AT&T, Level 3, Verizon, CenturyLink, Time  Warner Cable, Comcast, XO and Cox Communications topped Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Ethernet Services leaderboard for mid-year 2015.  Bright House Networks, Charter Communications,  Cogent, Cablevision Systems’s Lightpath, Windstream and Zayo made up the “challenge” tier, which lists providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market.

RCN Business, which offers a suite of Ethernet services spanning E-Line, E-LAN and E-Access,  made Vertical Systems’s “market player’ tier, which factors in all providers with port share below 1%.

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