Cogent Communications Announces Qualification as First Service Provider to Receive IP+Optical Cisco Powered Network Designation

Revolutionary Nationwide Network Maximizes IP+Optical Infrastructure to Offer

Lower Costs and Higher Bandwidth to Customers



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cogent Communications

    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Cogent Communications, a next-
 generation, optical Internet service provider (ISP) today announced its
 qualification as the first service provider to receive a newly formulated
 IP+Optical Cisco Powered Network designation from Cisco Systems, Inc.  With
 the IP+Optical Cisco Powered Network designation, Cisco recognizes service
 providers that power transport and services networks with Cisco IP+Optical
 equipment.
     Cogent Communications has built a nationwide IP+Optical end-to-end network
 and offers its commercial user and service provider customer base
 unprecedented amounts of optical bandwidth for radically low, unmetered
 pricing levels.   An end-to-end IP+Optical infrastructure combines the
 intelligence and flexibility of IP networking with the scale and economic
 efficiency of optical transport.
     "We are extremely pleased by the demand our customers have demonstrated
 for Cogent services delivered on our own nationwide optical network with
 scalable OC-192 wavelengths.  We believe Cogent's time-to-market advantage to
 be approximately 12 months over other service providers in terms of having an
 operational IP+Optical nationwide network.  Cisco's optical solutions greatly
 facilitate our ability to deliver extremely high Internet access at radically
 low pricing levels.  Customers recognize our Cisco Powered Network membership
 as a firm commitment to dependable, interoperable and reliable services," said
 Dave Schaeffer, CEO and Founder of Cogent Communications.
     Cogent's national IP backbone utilizes OC-192 long haul dense wavelength
 division multiplexing (DWDM), and is currently operational via two large,
 interconnected Eastern and Western rings connecting 13 cities across the
 country. Cogent's metropolitan networks utilize OC-48 DWDM technology.
 Cogent's flagship retail offering of 100Mbps of optical bandwidth and Internet
 connectivity for a flat monthly rate of $1000 is currently being provided in
 four metropolitan areas in the Eastern U.S., including New York, Washington
 D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago and will be rolled out in 13 cities across the
 U.S. during the balance of 2001.
     "Cogent shares our vision to fully utilize the advantages of next
 generation optical networking equipment to provide faster and more cost-
 effective services," said Carl Russo, Group Vice President of Optical
 Networking at Cisco. "An IP+Optical architecture enables significant
 efficiencies which maximize bandwidth and drive down the cost per megabit
 delivered.  Through the IP+Optical designation within the Cisco Powered
 Network program, Cisco supports service providers delivering the intelligent,
 high-capacity services customers want today."
     Cogent's membership in the IP+Optical Cisco Powered Network program
 demonstrates its commitment to provide industry-leading technology solutions
 and services that are based largely on Cisco solutions. A benefit of the
 program for Cogent is its participation in joint marketing and technology
 sharing with Cisco. Cogent, along with Cisco, is helping to create a New World
 communications infrastructure that will enable business communities to reap
 the benefits of leading-edge optical technologies.
 
     About Cogent Communications
     Cogent Communications is a next generation optical ISP focused on
 delivering ultra-high speed Internet access to businesses in the multi-tenant
 marketplace.  Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical end-to-end IP network
 enables 100 Mbps connectivity, a rate that is about 100 times faster than
 observed T1 capacity (or 65 times faster than the published rate of 1.544
 Mbps).  Offered at a fixed monthly fee of $1,000, significantly less than a
 single T1 connection, the Cogent solution makes ultra-high speed Internet
 access an affordable reality for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as
 large enterprises.  Cogent's network consists of a dedicated nationwide fiber
 backbone, intra-city fiber rings, and optically-interfaced high-speed routers.
 In addition to the four cities in its initial launch (New York, Chicago,
 Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia), the company is rolling out service to
 nine more major metropolitan areas during 2001.  Cogent Communications is a
 privately held company based in Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit
 http://www.cogentco.com .
 
 

SOURCE Cogent Communications
    WASHINGTON, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Cogent Communications, a next-
 generation, optical Internet service provider (ISP) today announced its
 qualification as the first service provider to receive a newly formulated
 IP+Optical Cisco Powered Network designation from Cisco Systems, Inc.  With
 the IP+Optical Cisco Powered Network designation, Cisco recognizes service
 providers that power transport and services networks with Cisco IP+Optical
 equipment.
     Cogent Communications has built a nationwide IP+Optical end-to-end network
 and offers its commercial user and service provider customer base
 unprecedented amounts of optical bandwidth for radically low, unmetered
 pricing levels.   An end-to-end IP+Optical infrastructure combines the
 intelligence and flexibility of IP networking with the scale and economic
 efficiency of optical transport.
     "We are extremely pleased by the demand our customers have demonstrated
 for Cogent services delivered on our own nationwide optical network with
 scalable OC-192 wavelengths.  We believe Cogent's time-to-market advantage to
 be approximately 12 months over other service providers in terms of having an
 operational IP+Optical nationwide network.  Cisco's optical solutions greatly
 facilitate our ability to deliver extremely high Internet access at radically
 low pricing levels.  Customers recognize our Cisco Powered Network membership
 as a firm commitment to dependable, interoperable and reliable services," said
 Dave Schaeffer, CEO and Founder of Cogent Communications.
     Cogent's national IP backbone utilizes OC-192 long haul dense wavelength
 division multiplexing (DWDM), and is currently operational via two large,
 interconnected Eastern and Western rings connecting 13 cities across the
 country. Cogent's metropolitan networks utilize OC-48 DWDM technology.
 Cogent's flagship retail offering of 100Mbps of optical bandwidth and Internet
 connectivity for a flat monthly rate of $1000 is currently being provided in
 four metropolitan areas in the Eastern U.S., including New York, Washington
 D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago and will be rolled out in 13 cities across the
 U.S. during the balance of 2001.
     "Cogent shares our vision to fully utilize the advantages of next
 generation optical networking equipment to provide faster and more cost-
 effective services," said Carl Russo, Group Vice President of Optical
 Networking at Cisco. "An IP+Optical architecture enables significant
 efficiencies which maximize bandwidth and drive down the cost per megabit
 delivered.  Through the IP+Optical designation within the Cisco Powered
 Network program, Cisco supports service providers delivering the intelligent,
 high-capacity services customers want today."
     Cogent's membership in the IP+Optical Cisco Powered Network program
 demonstrates its commitment to provide industry-leading technology solutions
 and services that are based largely on Cisco solutions. A benefit of the
 program for Cogent is its participation in joint marketing and technology
 sharing with Cisco. Cogent, along with Cisco, is helping to create a New World
 communications infrastructure that will enable business communities to reap
 the benefits of leading-edge optical technologies.
 
     About Cogent Communications
     Cogent Communications is a next generation optical ISP focused on
 delivering ultra-high speed Internet access to businesses in the multi-tenant
 marketplace.  Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical end-to-end IP network
 enables 100 Mbps connectivity, a rate that is about 100 times faster than
 observed T1 capacity (or 65 times faster than the published rate of 1.544
 Mbps).  Offered at a fixed monthly fee of $1,000, significantly less than a
 single T1 connection, the Cogent solution makes ultra-high speed Internet
 access an affordable reality for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as
 large enterprises.  Cogent's network consists of a dedicated nationwide fiber
 backbone, intra-city fiber rings, and optically-interfaced high-speed routers.
 In addition to the four cities in its initial launch (New York, Chicago,
 Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia), the company is rolling out service to
 nine more major metropolitan areas during 2001.  Cogent Communications is a
 privately held company based in Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit
 http://www.cogentco.com .
 
 SOURCE  Cogent Communications