Optimum Lightpath Unveils Ethernet Virtual Private Ring Service

Optimum Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corp., introduced Tuesday the first Ethernet-based Virtual Private Ring Service (VPRS) for multilocation businesses in the New York metropolitan area.

VPRS is a dedicated Layer 2 access service that delivers 500mbps, 1gbps and 10gbps connectivity via fiber connecting each site. Businesses pay a flat fee per site vs. per connection or per mile.

VPRS also will soon include online self-provisioning and real-time reporting.

Optimum Lightpath serves businesses across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area. Its fiber-to-the-business network extends more than 3,700 route miles and is connected to more than 3,500 buildings.

“For businesses with sophisticated communications requirements, Optimum Lightpath delivers Ethernet quality VPRS between locations for the fastest and most flexible communications for working smarter, better and faster,” said John Macario, senior vice president of product strategy and management. “VPRS allows businesses to dynamically manage their connectivity based on changing needs, controlling costs, and bandwidth allocation, at the highest efficiencies possible.”

With SONET technology, scaling becomes an issue, requiring costly and complex hardware at each location. In contrast, Optimum Lightpath’s Ethernet-based VPRS is virtually “plug and play,” the company said in a press statement, noting that businesses no longer need to work with multiple providers, manage multiple bills or pay for transforming SONET into an Ethernet-like environment.

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