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 Integra Upgrades Network Architecture, Customers Gain Ubiquitous Ethernet Access Across Entire Network

Standardized network architecture shortens time-to-service and increases network security and manageability throughout Integra’s footprint

Portland, Ore. – March 5, 2014 – Integra™, a provider of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, has upgraded its network throughout its footprint to deliver Carrier Ethernet connectivity over a single, end-to-end architecture. This Ubiquitous Access Ethernet architecture standardizes Ethernet access delivery from the carrier to the customer premises, making all the benefits of Ethernet-powered business networks – including rapid service deployment, reliable high-bandwidth connectivity to cloud services and multi-point networks, and seamless scalability of bandwidth and performance – available to Integra customers across its 35-metro, 11-state network.

Building on the company’s successful investments in Carrier Ethernet infrastructure, Integra’s Ubiquitous Access delivers the full portfolio of Integra’s enterprise-ready Ethernet services, including SIP Trunking, Hosted Voice Services, VPN services, Layer 2 networks, Internet access and business continuity services, via a single common architecture. Complete separation of Internet and private data further increases secure communications and simplifies management of bandwidth in alignment with business requirements. The access architecture has been engineered to eliminate single points of failure, allowing for maximum reliability required of today’s critical applications and data as supported by Integra’s aggressive service level agreements.

“On the forefront of industry best practices, this puts Integra in a position to deliver Ethernet services with complete consistency across all aspects of network performance, scalability and reliability regardless of underlying access technology,” said Michael Kozlowski, Integra’s vice president of product management. “I trust our customers will see significant strategic advantages not only in service delivery but in the Ethernet-based business applications they rely on us to provide. Converging our architecture from end-to-end is a perfect example of the kind of investment Integra values: one that improves our customers’ experience while enhancing our operational efficiencies.”

With Ubiquitous Access, Ethernet services can be delivered throughout Integra’s network with the access method that best suits each customer premises location through a common Ethernet Access Device (EAD) for plug-and-play implementation. Customers with direct access to Integra’s 9,400 route-mile fiber networks will connect via EoF; one of the 460,000 businesses served by Integra’s expanded Ethernet over Copper network will connect via EoC; while legacy T1 customers can migrate to EoTDM or to a partner’s Ethernet NNI; all residing on the same platform architecture. With a standardized network design across all markets, customers will enjoy reduced turn-up times for new services, particularly those with multiple locations on-network or those utilizing multiple Ethernet services.

“With these upgrades, Integra is taking a leadership position in delivering end-to-end Ethernet on a common access platform, and in doing so establishes a unique value proposition for businesses that rely on high-bandwidth, low-latency data services for their WAN infrastructure and cloud and data services,” said Roopashree Honnachari, program manager, business communication services for Frost & Sullivan. “Today’s business customers demand flexible, cost efficient performance without compromise from their networks, and Integra is clearly committed to doing what it takes to meet their needs.”

Integra’s end-to-end Ethernet architecture expands on commitments to provide a world-class Carrier Ethernet infrastructure that began in 2011 with a $52 million initial investment. The new architecture is available to current and new customers today.

About Integra
Integra™ provides facilities-based communications and network services to enterprises, small and mid-sized businesses, government agencies and carriers throughout the western United States, with nationwide and international connectivity delivered via a robust IP/MPLS network. Integra’s vast, privately owned network connects customers to 6,400 miles of long-haul fiber optic infrastructure and 3,000 miles of metro fiber across 35 cities in 11 states, and its Ethernet-over-copper infrastructure extends ubiquitous Ethernet access to more than 460,000 business locations. Customers trust Integra for secure, reliable, low-latency solutions to power high-bandwidth cloud services, data center connectivity and the applications that drive their success. Integra’s services are backed by hands-on support and strong service level agreements.

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