RCN Business jumps into the 100G Ethernet game

RCN Business has responded to the growing demand for higher speed Ethernet services by upgrading its network to support 100G links.

The business services provider will offer 100G-capable Ethernet services in a number of key markets in the Northeast and Midwest, including Boston, Chicago and New York City.

By making this network upgrade, the service provider can now offer customers in its serving areas a choice of Ethernet speeds that can scale from 3 Mbps to 100 Gbps.

Boston and New York City have been key market expansion targets for RCN Business. In September it enhanced its data center reach in the Greater Boston area by opening new facilities in Bedford and Waltham, Mass., two facilities that are connected to its fiber network. It also extended its HFC and fiber network in major Manhattan buildings including 450-460 Park Avenue and the Empire State Building.

What's different about their implementation is that the 100G service will run over its own wholly-owned fiber network that it has continued to expand in recent years.

Being able to offer 100G Ethernet services is a logical progression for RCN Business. Up till now, the service provider offered businesses served in its fiber footprint the option of purchasing bandwidth options from 3 Mbps to 10 Gbps.

Having a 100G option will be potentially attractive to existing and new customers for its E-Line, E-LAN and E-Access services. It also enables RCN Business to more effectively compete with large providers like AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ), the incumbent telco players in markets like Chicago and Boston.

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