US LEC Grows 17% in 2005

US LEC Corp., a publicly traded CLEC headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is approaching its 10th year in business, thanks to the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and said on Tuesday its customer base grew 17 percent in 2005.

The company said its overall sales strategy which includes distribution through channel partners has been driving success.

US LEC ended 2005 with 3,901 more customers than it had at the beginning of the year, and also expanded its footprint to include a half-dozen new markets, bringing its total to 120 markets across 16 eastern states and the District of Columbia.

US LEC finished a solid 2005 with a double-digit percentage increase in our business customer base and begins 2006 with great traction for another strong year, said Aaron Cowell, president and CEO of US LEC, in a news release. Our ability to offer a compelling product line, including the latest in IP-based technology, and keep customers through best-in-class customer support is reflected in US LECs consistent customer growth and high retention rate.

US LEC has been steadily augmenting its voice, data and Internet offerings with IP products and services such as MPLS VPN, Ethernet and VoIP, citing customer demand for next-generation technologies. The competitive carrier focuses on providing services to medium and large businesses.



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