Covad Rolls Out Nationwide MPLS

Covad Communications Co. is moving to support the business demand for IP-based voice and video services with the completion of a nationwide MPLS deployment.

Network capacity upgrades will enable its wholesale partners to deliver advanced video, voice and data services on its transport, with QoS capabilities that can be customized for real-time applications such as IP voice and video for small businesses and distributed enterprises.

The upgrades include metro-optical rings with up to OC-192 (10gbps) capacity.

“Businesses are increasingly using broadband to deploy IP-based services to reduce costs and to increase productivity,” said William Ferriauolo, senior vice president and general manager of Covad Wholesale, in a statement. “Covad’s new MPLS infrastructure will allow our partners to deliver revenue-generating, value-added services on a national broadband network that is competitive with what the very largest carriers can offer.”

The company said will announce plans for specific new services when they are closer to availability.

“Covad continues to move forward on its commitment to building a Tier 1 carrier network our partners can leverage to deliver advanced revenue-generating services,” said Young-Sae Song, vice president of marketing of Covad Wholesale. “Covad’s continued investment in our network since our acquisition by Platinum Equity is something we really feel will be a competitive advantage going forward, both in our direct business and for our wholesale partners.”

Covad Wholesale customers include a broad spectrum that spans the gamut, including Sprint-Nextel Corp., Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., EarthLink, regional customers and smaller nationwide carriers.

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