Mpower Buys ICG, Launches New Services

Mpower Communications Corp. (Booth 301), a sponsor of the Channel Partners Conference & Expo, has acquired a new company and introduced several new services for sale through agents.

Mpower earlier this year bought ICG Communications Inc.s California customer base and network assets, giving the provider a statewide self-healing SONET fiber network with metropolitan fiber rings in six major metropolitan markets and 128 on-net, fiber-lit commercial buildings.

The acquisition also opened a wholesale channel for Mpower to serve a number of IXCs, ISPs and CLECs.

In ICG, we have found a strategic transaction that transforms our business, says Mpower Chairman and CEO Rolla P. Huff. The addition of ICGs statewide SONET-based fiber network to our … colocation and switching infrastructure affords us new products such as private line, accelerates our speed-to-market with hosted IP PBX capabilities, positions us as a strong player in the wholesale market and reduces our reliance on the ILECs.

Mpower says it will use its network to give ISPs, IXCs and CLECs continued alternatives to local and long-distance offerings that do not rely on the RBOCs.

To that end, Mpower has introduced several new IP services. The first is Mpower Office Screen, a turnkey managed security and VPN service for businesses needing secure connectivity for remote offices and mobile users.

The second is dedicated Internet access, which allots more bandwidth to customers higher-volume traffic.

Third, Mpower offers local and intercity private-line service, which is dedicated bandwidth between LATAs, cities, buildings and other locations.

Next, there is the Mpower VoicePipe. Users can check voice messages on the Internet from anywhere in the world, or move their phones while keeping their extensions.

Finally, Mpower soon will launch its integrated PRI/trunk, which combines traditional PBXs with IP, providing voice and data over one T1 connection. It also allocates bandwidth for Internet access and voice services and does not require any CPE, Mpower says.

Mpower has become an invaluable partner with a refreshing can-do attitude, says Steve Braverman, CEO of X4 Communications LLC (Booth 122). It wasnt just their robust data and voice T1 offerings that made this partnership work.

When we first started taking a look at Mpower, we expected to see the same old services from a POTS-based CLEC, says Geoffrey Shepstone, president of Telecom Brokerage Inc. (Booths 319-321). What we didnt expect were the awesome data and voice T1 offerings.

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