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RCN Beefs Up Business Ethernet

RCN Business, the commercial services arm of RCN, said it has upgraded its Ethernet network backbone to include 100 Gigabit per second links.

With the upgrade, RCN Business, a Metro Ethernet Forum 2.0 certified carrier, said it can now scale its Ethernet services from 3 Mbps to 100 Gbps.

RCN Business is using the platform to target small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprises in markets  such as Boston; Chicago; Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley, Pa.; Washington, D.C.; and New York  City. RCN is battling in a highly competitive marketplace. 

AT&T, Level 3, Verizon, CenturyLink, Time  Warner Cable, Comcast, XO and Cox Communications topped Vertical Systems Group’s Carrier Ethernet Services leaderboard for mid-year 2015.  Bright House Networks, Charter Communications,  Cogent, Cablevision Systems’s Lightpath, Windstream and Zayo made up the “challenge” tier, which lists providers with between 1% and 4% share of the U.S. retail Ethernet market.

RCN Business, which offers a suite of Ethernet services spanning E-Line, E-LAN and E-Access,  made Vertical Systems’s “market player’ tier, which factors in all providers with port share below 1%.