MetTel Signs Wholesale Agreement with SBC

New York-based Metropolitan Telecommunications (MetTel) today signed an agreement with SBC Communications Inc. to replace its previous UNE-P deal.

The long-term commercial contract calls for SBCs incumbent local exchange carriers to provide wholesale local phone services to MetTel, although MetTel did not say for how long the agreement is in place.

The CLEC plans to offer local and long-distance services this year in all the states where SBC has a major presence. MetTel recently started offering service in California, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Texas, and plans to complete rollouts in the other SBC states by the end of 2005.

MetTel also has wholesale agreements with BellSouth Corp., Qwest Communications International Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc.

It is important that we have signed this agreement with SBC,” says Marshall Aronow, MetTel’s CEO. Having national coverage will give us the ability to grow our base and to service much larger customers than we have in the past enterprise customers that have a presence in multiple states.

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