Charlotte, NC (May 21, 2009) – Businesses now have a cost-effective alternative to private data networking solutions. Today, Time Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC) introduced Business Class Ethernet to businesses throughout the Carolina Region. The major markets in North Carolina that are affected by this launch include Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Fayetteville and Wilmington. In South Carolina, the major markets affected include Columbia, Florence, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head Island.
Ethernet is a frame-based computer networking technology for local area networks (LANs). It is a method of connecting point to point devices in multiple locations. By using this technology, companies with 2 or more locations can share data easily and effectively through their network. “Employees located in a company’s corporate headquarters can access and share the same critical data as employees in satellite offices located across town or even across the state through this private Ethernet connection,” remarked Rick Vance, vice president of engineering for TWCBC. “For example, companies can operate their billing systems or customer management systems more efficiently by using this product when multiple offices are involved with the input and management of that shared data.”
Business Class Ethernet (BCE) is designed primarily for small- to medium-sized businesses with multiple locations or those without access to fiber networks. The product also provides an excellent value to customers because its pricing structure is based on the actual point to point circuit regardless of distance, which is often a factor with competitors offering traditional T1, private line and frame relay circuits. BCE complements TWCBC’s existing, award-winning, carrier-class, fiber-based Ethernet service that is geared toward larger enterprise customers.
With BCE, a wide range of businesses that do not have access to fiber-based network services can now benefit from the speed, convenience and scalability of high-speed Ethernet. It extends the reach and quality of their local area networks. The service is carried over Time Warner Cable’s hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network as part of TWCBC’s nationwide “Ethernet Everywhere” initiative.
“With Business Class Ethernet, we are bringing a highly affordable alternative to frame relay, private line and data T1 solutions,” said Albert Blackmon, vice president of sales and marketing for TWCBC. “Now, businesses without access to fiber networks can have access to a scalable, high-speed data networking service, backed by Time Warner Cable Business Class.”
According to industry analyst David Hold, Business Class Ethernet enables TWCBC to give mid-sized customers a strong alternative to the legacy services provided by other telecommunications companies.
“Business Class Ethernet changes the game,” said Hold. “In part because Carrier Ethernet services usually require fiber to the premises. It will be a real competitive differentiator for Time Warner Cable as it continues to grow its commercial business.”
TWCBC is a widely-recognized leader in developing Ethernet services and standards. The company was named a 2008 North American Carrier Ethernet Service Provider of the Year in the Services Innovation category by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).
To learn more about BCE and TWCBC’s full range of products, call 1.877.892.2220 or visit www.carolinas.twcbc.com.
About Business Class Ethernet
Business Class Ethernet, provided over Time Warner Cable’s HFC network, is a private layer 2 networking service that provides bandwidth versatility for customers seeking point-to-point and point-to-multipoint functionality. Its attributes include:
• Scalability – By providing incremental bandwidth options, with speeds available at 512 Kbps, 1.5Mbps and 2 Mbps symmetrical service, customers can easily migrate to advanced Ethernet options.
• Affordability – Customers pay a low flat monthly fee that includes all customer premise equipment, thus reducing the total cost of ownership.
• Easy management – With just a single phone call, customers can authorize and implement a bandwidth upgrade. Also, TWCBC employs round-the-clock network monitoring and 24/7 dedicated customer service.
About Time Warner Cable Business Class
Time Warner Cable Business Class, a division of Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC), offers a full complement of business communications tools to small- and medium-sized businesses and enterprise-sized companies. Its data, voice, video and security solutions are enhanced by award-winning 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.
About Time Warner Cable
Time Warner Cable’s Carolina Region provides video, Internet and telephone services to more than two million customers in more than 400 cities and towns across North and South Carolina. Time Warner Cable is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S., with technologically advanced, well-clustered systems located in five geographic areas-New York State, the Carolinas, Ohio, southern California and Texas. Time Warner Cable serves more than 14 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers a suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes. Time Warner Cable Media sales, the advertising arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions that are targeted and affordable. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.timewarnercable.com, www.twcbc.com, and www.twcmediasales.com