McLeodUSA Offers Expanded Wholesale Local Voice, Carrier Data Offerings

McLeodUSA Inc. announced at the COMPTEL PLUS Fall 2006 Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., an expanded product suite of wholesale local voice and carrier data offerings. McLeodUSA now offers two major local voice services to carriers as part of it wholesale product portfolio.

This expansion of our wholesale local voice product suite will help us add to the more than 100,000 local voice lines we currently have installed, said John Dumbleton, McLeodUSA group vice president.

UNE-P Replacement Services is the first of the two additions. The services are intended for nonfacilities-based CLECs and resellers servicing residential, business and payphone locations. The McLeodUSA alternative provides turnkey local service, enabling migration from ILEC resale services to McLeodUSA service. This service provides former UNE-P resellers with an excellent alternative to ILEC commercial resale agreements, said Dumbleton.

The second addition, Wholesale DLC Service, enables facilities-based CLECs to operate their own local switches while leveraging McLeodUSAs network coverage and providing transport services from a McLeodUSA central office.

In addition, McLeodUSA is unveiling its DS1 Aggregation and IP VPN Aggregation services at the show. IP VPN Aggregation provides a T1 local loop from any of McLeodUSAs local markets to a VoIP service provider or ISPs PoP through MPLS tunnels. McLeodUSAs IP VPN Aggregation services use MPLS tunnels over a 99.999 percent reliable IP backbone. Both services are enabled with a Web-based prequalification and ordering interface aimed to drive operational efficiency between McLeodUSA and its carrier partners.

As an enhancement to McLeodUSAs standard metro and inter-city private line services, the DS1 Aggregation service aggregates multiple T1s from any customer location served from one of McLeodUSAs central offices within a given market, and provides an alternative to ILEC special access rates.

McLeodUSA Inc.

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