Cogent Communications Connects National IP+Optical Network to LayerOne Optical Transport Exchanges

Apr 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from LayerOne, Inc.

    DALLAS, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- LayerOne, Inc., a global provider of
 layer one optical transport exchanges and connectivity services, today
 announced a national service agreement with Cogent Communications, a provider
 of ultra high-speed Internet access and long-haul and metropolitan transport
 services via an all-optical Internet Protocol (IP) network.  LayerOne's NEXUS
 Optical Distribution Exchanges(TM) provide Cogent fast-and-easy network
 interconnection with multiple local and long-haul carriers needed to transport
 traffic, plus a cost-effective way to expand its next-generation IP services
 into new markets.  Cogent Communications has built a nationwide IP+Optical
 end-to-end network and offers its commercial and service provider customer
 base unprecedented amounts of optical bandwidth for radically low, unmetered
 pricing levels.
     "LayerOne provides companies like Cogent a chance to hit the ground
 running in a new market," said Alexander Muse, president and CEO of LayerOne.
 "A LayerOne Exchange offers a very practical solution to costly network
 entrance build outs and interconnection.  We make it easier for Cogent to do
 business and easier for customers to do business with Cogent."
     "Working with LayerOne complements our own network reach into multi-tenant
 buildings and facilitates connectivity, which enables Cogent to offer the
 advantages of end-to-end optical transport and high-speed routing services to
 a broader set of customers," said Dave Schaeffer, CEO and Founder of Cogent
 Communications.  "We are currently serving customers in four markets and have
 completed the build out of our national backbone.  It is a high priority for
 us to deepen our connectivity in each market that we serve or are about to
 light up, and working with LayerOne helps us do just that."
     LayerOne Exchanges are the answer for service providers looking for
 smarter, more capital efficient ways to bridge the gap between metro and long-
 haul networks.  Currently, Exchanges are interconnecting networks physically.
 Upon successful completion of the trial of its new optical interconnection
 platform, LayerOne will also be able to provide logical cross connects.
 
     About Cogent Communications
     Cogent Communications is a next generation optical ISP focused on
 delivering ultra-high speed Internet access and transport services to
 businesses in the multi-tenant marketplace and to service providers located in
 major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.  Cogent's all-optical
 end-to-end IP network enables 100 Mbps and 1000 Mbps connectivity for
 radically low, unmetered pricing levels.  The Cogent solution makes ultra-high
 speed Internet access and transport services an affordable reality for small
 and medium-sized businesses, as well as large enterprises and service
 providers.  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
 www.cogentco.com.
 
     About LayerOne
     LayerOne, Inc., which derives its name from the first layer -- layer one -
 - of the Operating System Interface model, is a privately held company
 launched in January 2000 to build a network of optical transport exchanges in
 top telecom markets throughout North America.  The company's NEXUS Optical
 Distribution Exchanges(TM) are a radical departure from the existing, one-to-
 one distributive network architecture toward a centralized market solution
 that provides telecommunications service providers a fast, efficient, cost-
 effective alternative to network interconnection and transport exchange.
 LayerOne Exchanges create market concentrations of teledensity where multiple
 long-haul carriers, dark-fiber providers and metro head-end networks
 physically converge.  Each Exchange can support thousands of incoming strands
 of fiber and can connect anything from an OC192 to STS1 SONET or from 10 Gbps
 to 10 Mbps Ethernet.  By creating a literal nexus of optical networks and
 establishing an industry-standard method of cross connecting circuits,
 LayerOne can now accomplish in a matter of hours and at a fraction of the
 cost, what typically required months and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
 
 

SOURCE LayerOne, Inc.
    DALLAS, April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- LayerOne, Inc., a global provider of
 layer one optical transport exchanges and connectivity services, today
 announced a national service agreement with Cogent Communications, a provider
 of ultra high-speed Internet access and long-haul and metropolitan transport
 services via an all-optical Internet Protocol (IP) network.  LayerOne's NEXUS
 Optical Distribution Exchanges(TM) provide Cogent fast-and-easy network
 interconnection with multiple local and long-haul carriers needed to transport
 traffic, plus a cost-effective way to expand its next-generation IP services
 into new markets.  Cogent Communications has built a nationwide IP+Optical
 end-to-end network and offers its commercial and service provider customer
 base unprecedented amounts of optical bandwidth for radically low, unmetered
 pricing levels.
     "LayerOne provides companies like Cogent a chance to hit the ground
 running in a new market," said Alexander Muse, president and CEO of LayerOne.
 "A LayerOne Exchange offers a very practical solution to costly network
 entrance build outs and interconnection.  We make it easier for Cogent to do
 business and easier for customers to do business with Cogent."
     "Working with LayerOne complements our own network reach into multi-tenant
 buildings and facilitates connectivity, which enables Cogent to offer the
 advantages of end-to-end optical transport and high-speed routing services to
 a broader set of customers," said Dave Schaeffer, CEO and Founder of Cogent
 Communications.  "We are currently serving customers in four markets and have
 completed the build out of our national backbone.  It is a high priority for
 us to deepen our connectivity in each market that we serve or are about to
 light up, and working with LayerOne helps us do just that."
     LayerOne Exchanges are the answer for service providers looking for
 smarter, more capital efficient ways to bridge the gap between metro and long-
 haul networks.  Currently, Exchanges are interconnecting networks physically.
 Upon successful completion of the trial of its new optical interconnection
 platform, LayerOne will also be able to provide logical cross connects.
 
     About Cogent Communications
     Cogent Communications is a next generation optical ISP focused on
 delivering ultra-high speed Internet access and transport services to
 businesses in the multi-tenant marketplace and to service providers located in
 major metropolitan areas throughout the United States.  Cogent's all-optical
 end-to-end IP network enables 100 Mbps and 1000 Mbps connectivity for
 radically low, unmetered pricing levels.  The Cogent solution makes ultra-high
 speed Internet access and transport services an affordable reality for small
 and medium-sized businesses, as well as large enterprises and service
 providers.  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
 www.cogentco.com.
 
     About LayerOne
     LayerOne, Inc., which derives its name from the first layer -- layer one -
 - of the Operating System Interface model, is a privately held company
 launched in January 2000 to build a network of optical transport exchanges in
 top telecom markets throughout North America.  The company's NEXUS Optical
 Distribution Exchanges(TM) are a radical departure from the existing, one-to-
 one distributive network architecture toward a centralized market solution
 that provides telecommunications service providers a fast, efficient, cost-
 effective alternative to network interconnection and transport exchange.
 LayerOne Exchanges create market concentrations of teledensity where multiple
 long-haul carriers, dark-fiber providers and metro head-end networks
 physically converge.  Each Exchange can support thousands of incoming strands
 of fiber and can connect anything from an OC192 to STS1 SONET or from 10 Gbps
 to 10 Mbps Ethernet.  By creating a literal nexus of optical networks and
 establishing an industry-standard method of cross connecting circuits,
 LayerOne can now accomplish in a matter of hours and at a fraction of the
 cost, what typically required months and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
 
 SOURCE  LayerOne, Inc.