XO Communications Inc. (Booth 717) announced it is ready to assist service providers affected by new rules issued in December by the FCC that limit their abilities to obtain cost-based rates for leasing network facilities from the regional Bell operating companies. Due to the new rules, the rates to lease certain Bell network facilities will increase by 15 percent in the first year and will double in the following year.
As one of the largest facilities-based national LECs, XO offers carriers a wide range of cost-effective alternatives to high-capacity transport and other unbundled network elements (UNEs) available from the regional Bell operating companies.
As a result of these new FCC rules, many competitive carriers will no longer have access to the Bells local network facilities in many markets, said Ernie Ortega, president of carrier sales at XO Communications. With our extensive array of local facilities and fiber networks across the country, XO can step in and fill the gap with a wide range of alternative solutions to the Bells transport and UNE-P.
XO is offering XO Private Line as a replacement for UNE transport or Enhanced Extended Loop (EEL). XO Private Line can provide carriers with high-capacity point-to-point connectivity at DS1 and DS3 speeds to connect central offices or reach their switch within a carrier hotel.
In addition, XO Wholesale Voice Services can serve as a replacement for UNE-P. XO Wholesale Local Voice Services enables carriers to offer T1 level local, long-distance voice and data services to business customers using XOs national array of local network facilities.