BellSouth Unveils New Wholesale Ethernet Options

BellSouth Corp. this week at CompTel/ASCENT formally announced two new wholesale Ethernet offerings a metro Ethernet service and an Ethernet over SONET transport service.

The services actually became available on a wholesale basis back in December, says Nancy D. Starcher, director of product marketing, access transport at BellSouth Interconnection Services. The company also offers best-effort Ethernet services and began selling gigE over SONET services about a year ago, adds Jason Cook, product manager of BellSouth Interconnection Services. Around the end of the year, the company also plans to offer VLAN services, he says.

Weve been looking at several different ways to deliver Ethernet, says Cook, who notes the company has seen a huge interest in Ethernet.

In the third quarter, BellSouth also plans to integrate its metro Ethernet and Ethernet over SONET services to provide its wholesale customers with end-to-end solutions, Cook says.

BellSouth has fiber into about 80 percent of the buildings for which RFPs have requested Ethernet services to date.

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