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Covad Joins with CENX to Offer Carrier Ethernet Services

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May 13, 2010
Covad Joins with CENX to Offer Carrier Ethernet Services

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor


Covad (News - Alert) Communications is a nationwide provider of voice and data communications. In order to give a better-quality experience to its customers, it merges broadband solutions with mission-critical service and support. CENX claims to be the operator of the world’s first Carrier Ethernet exchange. Covad Communications is now partnering with CENX to offer Ethernet services. Covad provides a set of Ethernet services which addresses over 10 million businesses in 240 metropolitan statistical areas.


Covad Communications and CENX first joined their networks at CENX’s Los Angeles exchange. They were successful in providing carriers with flawless access to Covad’s Ethernet over Copper services. This provides very fast and cheap last-mile broadband access. The speed ranges from 3 Mbps to 20 Mbps. After their success, they are planning to add more exchange locations all over the country.

In a release, Jeff Brown, the vice president of Covad Carrier Services, said, “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. 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.”

Nan Chen, the chief executive officer for CENX, said, “Covad is an important connection for CENX and our membership that enables significant revenue and cost-savings opportunities for both Covad and all of our Carrier Ethernet exchange members. CENX’s Carrier Ethernet exchange has 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.”

A complete portfolio of Ethernet access services is developed by Covad for its partners.  This helps them to face the increasing demand for Ethernet service. Covad Ethernet services also have integrated QoS and CoS options which provides partners the freedom to act according to their choice to optimize network various voice, data and video applications.

Covad provides a multiple access and hub aggregation services which includes Ethernet, T1, and DSL. Covad deals with a strong, next-generation IP/MPLS network that can deliver effective integrated voice, video and data solutions.


Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard








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