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tw telecom Earns Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification from Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

tw telecom Earns Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Certification from Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)

16:14 EDT Tuesday, June 04, 2013

- First E-Access EPL and EVPL CE 2.0 certification achieved by a U.S. national provider
- E-line EPL, E-line EVPL, also MEF CE 2.0 certified

LITTLETON, Colo., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- tw telecom inc., (NASDAQ: TWTC) a leading national provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the U.S. and globally, today announced that the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) granted its stringent Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification to four of the service provider's Ethernet-based products and services. tw telecom becomes the first U.S. service provider with national E-Access EPL and EVPL CE 2.0 certification. 

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"CE 2.0 certification is very important in the industry and tells business customers that the products and services we offer deliver world-class connectivity, anytime, anywhere," said Harold Teets, tw telecom's Sr. Vice President ? Network Engineering and Technologies.  "Our vast national Business Ethernet infrastructure delivers secure, scalable and predictable network connections to thousands of locations and customers."

tw telecom is a leader in delivering Business Ethernet Services for over a decade and has aligned its Ethernet portfolio around the MEF service definitions. E-line EPL and EVPL services are CE 2.0 certified and are key components of its Business Ethernet infrastructure and  award winning Intelligent Network capabilities, which  include Enhanced Management and the industry's first real-time bandwidth on demand service called Dynamic Capacity.  tw telecom's Business Ethernet is also the foundation of tw telecom's future Constellation Platformsm vision that is expected to increase the velocity of how enterprises purchase and connect network services to data centers and applications providers. 

Industry analysts, including Vertical Systems Group and Frost & Sullivan, consistently rank tw telecom among the three leading providers of Ethernet in the U.S. by port share, revenue and customer service. 

E-Access EPL and EVPL are both CE 2.0 certified and are two of the carrier's newest product offerings that deliver wholesale Ethernet access to an external network-to-network interface (ENNI) with a single point of access, scalable to 10 Gig, on tw telecom's national fiber footprint.  tw telecom was  the first to offer national E-Access Ethernet connectivity based on the MEF 33 specification.

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.  E-Access provides a ready-made infrastructure for carriers to quickly and easily reach their end user locations across a secure, scalable and trusted network.  Customers can avoid capital investments, reduce operating costs and more easily manage their network capability.

According to Nan Chen, President of the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), "Carrier Ethernet has become the industry's biggest success story of the past decade. A milestone was reached this year when for the first time Carrier Ethernet services share of bandwidth exceeded the sum total of all legacy telecoms services across the world, making it the dominant technology in the carrier space. Last year over 1.2 billion new Ethernet ports were shipped (400 million wired and 800 million wireless) according to IDC, and Frost & Sullivan. Vertical Systems Group and Infonetics predict a near $48 billion services market by 2015." 

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 www.twtelecom.com for more information.

About The MEFThe MEF is a global industry alliance comprising more than 200 organizations, including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF's mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

SOURCE tw telecom

For further information: Bob Meldrum, bob.meldrum@twtelecom.com, 303.566.1354 - office, 303.324.9588 - mobile

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