tw telecom Launches Ubiquitous Availability of National Ethernet Solution for Carriers

tw telecom Launches Ubiquitous Availability of National Ethernet Solution for

- Ethernet Access (MEF standard E-Access) also known as "One to Many" Ethernet
provides single network point of access to tw telecom's national Ethernet
footprint in 75 U.S. markets

-- Columbus Networks Inc. uses "One to Many" E-Access for single network
connection from its Pan-Caribbean network to customer locations across the

PR Newswire

LITTLETON, Colo., Dec. 17, 2012

LITTLETON, Colo., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --tw telecom, (NASDAQ: TWTC) a
leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged
and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally, today
announced wide availability of its newest national Ethernet service solution,
called E-Access or "One to Many" Ethernet. This service is designed to
provide ubiquitous Business Ethernet reach across the United States to
thousands of enterprise customers and buildings through a single Ethernet
connection scalable to 10 Gig. tw telecom is the first to offer national
E-Access Ethernet connectivity based on the new MEF 33 standards.


tw telecom has teamed with Columbus Networks to offer the carrier an advanced
resilient hub into a national footprint from their landing station in Miami.

"Our initial experience with tw telecom has enabled us to successfully connect
to many U.S. customer locations from one network access point," said Peter
Collins EVP and CTO of Columbus Networks. "The uniqueness of E-Access
provides us with additional seamless and scalable connectivity to extend our
regional managed business solutions to customers with offices here in the

According to Nan Chen, President of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), MEF
standards are designed to encourage development of ubiquitous Ethernet
connectivity across the world. "tw telecom's E-Access is an industry first
in helping carriers reach thousands of enterprise buildings from one network
access point instead of needing to have local network to network connections
in each city or market."

Through a single network connection in one location, tw telecom's Business
Ethernet service is delivered to virtually any building or data center in the
United States across
tw telecom's 75 market national foot print. The E-Access solution, based on
MEF-compliant Ethernet Access standards, provides ready-made infrastructure
for carriers to quickly and easily reach their end user locations across a
secure, scalable and trusted network.

"E-Access with an external network to network interface (ENNI) provides
carrier, application, and data center service providers with a single point of
access into tw telecom's  vast national Ethernet footprint," said Tom Marx,
President of tw telecom's Wholesale Services. "These providers are
recognizing the need for a secure and scalable network as they roll out
business critical applications to their customers. Many of these carriers
typically do not have their own network to connect everywhere they need to
go. They look to tw telecom to deliver secure, scalable and predictable
network connections and solutions that help them deliver applications to their

"With tw telecom's E-Access, customers can avoid capital investments, reduce
operating costs and more easily manage their network capability," Marx said.

About tw telecom
tw telecom, headquartered in Littleton, Colo., is a leading national provider
of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN
solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally. tw telecom also
delivers secure, scalable private connections for transport data networking,
Internet access, voice, VPN, VoIP and security to large organizations and
communications services companies. Employing a resilient fiber network
infrastructure, robust product portfolio and its own Intelligent Network
capabilities, tw telecom delivers customers overall economic value, an
industry-leading quality service experience, and improved business
productivity. Please visit for more information.

About Columbus Networks
Columbus Networks is a wholesale communications service provider that offers
advanced, high-speed bandwidth capacity to telecommunications companies and
Internet Service Providers. Through the Columbus Business Solutions brand it
also provides integrated telecom and IT solutions to the enterprise market.
Columbus Networks operates the largest subsea fiber-optic communications
network connecting the United States, Mexico, Central America, South America
and the Caribbean. The company's undersea fiber-optic networks span more than
18,000 kilometers of cable routes including Americas Region Caribbean
Optical-ring System (ARCOS-1), Colombia – Florida Express (CFX), EC-Link cable
system, Fibralink and an ownership in the Maya consortium cable Columbus
Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbus Communications based in
Bridgetown, Barbados. Columbus Networks is based in North Miami Beach,
Florida. For more information visit

SOURCE tw telecom

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