Mpower Completes Fiber Expansion in Las Vegas

Mpower Communications (Booth 1417), a leading provider of data and voice services to wholesale and retail business customers, has expanded its facilities-based network with a 141-route-mile fiber network. The new fiber network has two fully survivable rings, which connect Mpowers switch and the majority of its colocation facilities in Las Vegas.

Out of the 16 local service offices available in Las Vegas, Mpower will be on-net in 12 of them.

This SONET-based network ring topology ensures high reliability and service levels for all Mpower customers in Las Vegas. The companys comprehensive end-to-end network connectivity in the city includes dedicated backbone transport and direct last-mile connections to its customers. It also includes their colocation at Switch Connections Group, which is now on-net with the new fiber. The colocation at Switch Connections Group will allow Mpower to interconnect with many long-haul IXCs.

This Las Vegas fiber backbone complements our California fiber network and gives us substantial fiber assets in our largest markets, stated Russ Shipley, Mpowers president of wholesale and chief network services executive. With this network in place, we have lower transport costs, enhanced network quality and shorter provisioning intervals. We also gain greater flexibility and more control over the connections to our customers without relying on the ILEC.

The fiber network opens up new business opportunities for Mpower as it passes through key business centers of concentration in the city and creates wholesale opportunities for Mpowers private-line offering. Mpower also recently completed renovations on its network operations center in Las Vegas and is opening a new switching service center in the city some time this year.

Mpower has been serving the telecommunications needs of the Las Vegas market since 1996 and currently employs more than 300 people in that market.

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