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February 10, 2009

MetroCast Selects RCN Metro Solution

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

MetroCast reportedly has selected RCN Metro Solution to expand its reach from Connecticut to New Hampshire, reduce Internet interconnection costs and boost bandwidth speed from an OC-48 (2.5 Gbps) to 10 Gbps.
MetroCast (News - Alert), a wholly owned subsidiary of Harron Communications, LP, provides cable television, Internet and digital telephone services to residential and commercial subscribers in nine states from Mississippi to Maine. The company provides entertainment and information choices to residential and commercial customers over its advanced fiber optic networks.
“We are pleased that MetroCast chose us to design and build a solution that meets both its technology and business requirements in delivering higher bandwidth services to its customers, while lowering overall cost of operations, and ensuring network resiliency,” said Felipe Alvarez, president of RCN (News - Alert) Metro Optical Networks.
RCN Metro, a wholly owned division of RCN Corporation, is a provider of high-capacity transport services for carriers as well as large and medium-sized businesses. RCN Metro offers a comprehensive suite of services including Ethernet, SONET, Wavelength, Video Transport and Internet.
MetroCast is expected to reduce the number of Internet Protocol providers needed to deliver bulk IP to an individual market with the help of RCN Metro’s 10 Gbps Wavelength Service.
“As our company grows, and the demands of Internet usage for our expanding customer base increase, delivering high speed Internet access and other communications services at a reasonable price is a major focus,” said James J. Bruder, Jr, chairman and chief executive officer MetroCast.
Bruder said that RCN Metro put together a cost-effective design that gave the company the resilience and reliability needed to allow it to offer its customers the level of service they require and expect.
MetroCast is now working with RCN Metro to create a 10 Gbps ring connecting all of MetroCast’s markets, enabling MetroCast to further enhance its network.

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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 Michael Dinan