New Edge Networks, which is being acquired by ISP EarthLink Inc., today launched a three-month trial of flat-rate pricing for WAN locations in the United States.
New Edge Networks is targeting medium and large businesses with more than 50 WAN locations, whether it reaches those end users through carriers or solutions providers.
Companies often pay disparate rates for their spread-out offices, and even forgo installing broadband in some areas where frame relay is the only and most expensive option. Flat-rate pricing solves that dilemma, according to New Edge Networks.
Every business today needs a network but many cannot justify the cost of high-speed access in areas where affordable broadband access is not yet available, said Dan Moffat, president and CEO of New Edge Networks. Often these sites are left with dial-up telephone access and stranded without access to real-time corporate data and new automated service applications. They are forced to operate at a disadvantage to other company locations, franchisees or local competitors.
The flat-rate pricing guarantees a $159 monthly rate for every remote site on an any-size, private WAN if at least 85 percent of a companys locations qualify for DSL service within New Edge Networks core and extended DSL network. The pricing applies to a private, business-class WAN that does not touch the Internet.
Where DSL service is not available, New Edge Networks will substitute 128k frame relay connections for the same price. A frame relay access option typically costs $300 to $800 per site, depending on the location and carrier, according to New Edge Networks, and this is forces the average cost-per-location for most businesses to surge above the $159-per-month rate.
The provider said it will make the flat-rate pricing permanent if all goes well.
Customers are demanding pricing simplicity now. We are unaware of any other providers that are offering anything similar, Moffat said.
Businesses that participate in the trial will be able to keep the guaranteed flat rate for the full term of the service agreement they sign with New Edge Networks. The trial offer includes customer equipment lease and free professional installation, after rebates. Dial backup and managed network services are available options.
The companys VARs and resellers are able to offer the flat-rate pricing to their end users.
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