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October 28, 2008

Time Warner Cable Business Class Launches New Ethernet Service

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable Business Class (TWCBC), the business-to-business unit of Time Warner Cable’s legacy private data networking solutions, has launched Business Class Ethernet, delivered using a hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) cable network.
Designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the newly introduced Business Class Ethernet complements TWCBC existing carrier-class fiber-based Ethernet services.
The new service that utilizes Time Warner Cable’s broadband infrastructure to deliver Ethernet services is expected to benefit businesses by its speed, convenience and scalability of high-speed Ethernet by extending the reach and quality of their existing local area networks (LANs).
 “This launch is a significant step in our ‘Ethernet Everywhere’ strategy, which offers customers access to Ethernet services over multiple networks,” said Ken Fitzpatrick, senior vice president, Time Warner Cable Business Services, in a statement. “Mid-sized businesses no longer have to settle for inflexible frame relay or T1 services. Business Class Ethernet boosts performance without straining IT budgets.”
TWCBC specializes in developing Ethernet services and standards. The company recently was selected by the Metro Ethernet Forum (News - Alert) (MEF) as a 2008 North American Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year in the Services Innovation category.
Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a full complement of business communications tools to SMBs. Its data, voice, video and security solutions are enhanced by robust customer service and local support teams. Time Warner Cable Business Class was founded in 1998, offering high-speed Internet service as Road Runner Business Class. Today, it serves more than 280,000 business customers in Time Warner Cable’s 23 divisions.
Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located mainly in five geographic areas — New York state (including New York City), the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California (including Los Angeles) and Texas.
As of June 30, 2008, Time Warner Cable served approximately 14.7 million customers who subscribed to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke