Cogent Communications Expands Network Capacity to 80 Gbps, Becoming Largest IP Over DWDM Network in the U.S.

Customer Demand Drives Increase to 80 Gbps --

Industry's Largest End-to-End Nationwide IP+Optical Backbone



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cogent Communications

    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Cogent
 Communications, a next-generation, optical Internet service provider (ISP),
 today announced its plans to immediately increase the size of its existing
 network backbone to 80 Gbps due to larger than anticipated customer demand.
 This expansion is expected to be completed by third quarter of 2001.
     Cogent's backbone infrastructure currently operates across the country
 connecting 13 cities via two, interconnected rings, built to operate multiple
 OC-192 wavelengths.  Each OC-192 wavelength operates at 10 Gbps speeds.
 Cogent's IP+Optical network architecture delivers quality of service standards
 normally associated with traditional circuit-switched networks.  As of today,
 Cogent has commenced work on lighting an additional seven wavelengths,
 increasing the overall capacity to 80 Gbps -- similar to accommodating over
 150 billion e-mails per second.
     "We are extremely pleased by the demand that both our service provider and
 commercial end-user customers have demonstrated for Cogent services, and this
 expansion will enable us to respond to their needs," said Dave Schaeffer, CEO
 and Founder of Cogent Communications.  "One of our most basic commitments to
 customers is to remain a non-oversubscribed network and, as such, the
 aggressive growth in customer demand we are experiencing requires that we
 upscale the capacity of our nationwide backbone network.  It is Cogent's
 policy to continue its network expansion in a manner consistent with such
 customer growth."
     Nick Maynard, an analyst for the Yankee Group's Communications Services
 for the New Economy business unit concurred, "Cogent was strategic in the way
 they built their network.  Its long-haul backbone is a key differentiator over
 other enterprise data providers, allowing Cogent to control its own traffic
 and offer its end-to-end IP services at radically low prices."
     After conducting an exhaustive review of over 50 vendors, Cogent
 Communications has built a nationwide IP+Optical end-to-end network utilizing
 Cisco's IP+Optical equipment.  "Cogent has proven time and time again that the
 Cisco equipment lives up to its expectations and we are more than confident
 that an 80 Gigabit network can easily be maintained with their current network
 architecture," said Carl Russo, Group Vice President of Optical Networking at
 Cisco Systems.
     Cogent Communications offers its commercial user and service provider
 customer base unprecedented amounts of optical bandwidth for radically low,
 unmetered, non-distance sensitive 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.  This infrastructure
 enables significant efficiencies that maximize bandwidth and drive down the
 cost per megabit delivered.
     Cogent's flagship retail offering of 100 Mbps 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. (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.
 
     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 unprecedented optical 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 .  Cogent Communications is headquartered at 1015
 31st Street, NW, Washington DC 20007, and can be reached at 202-295-4200 or
 info@cogentco.com .
 
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SOURCE Cogent Communications
    WASHINGTON, April 23 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ -- Cogent
 Communications, a next-generation, optical Internet service provider (ISP),
 today announced its plans to immediately increase the size of its existing
 network backbone to 80 Gbps due to larger than anticipated customer demand.
 This expansion is expected to be completed by third quarter of 2001.
     Cogent's backbone infrastructure currently operates across the country
 connecting 13 cities via two, interconnected rings, built to operate multiple
 OC-192 wavelengths.  Each OC-192 wavelength operates at 10 Gbps speeds.
 Cogent's IP+Optical network architecture delivers quality of service standards
 normally associated with traditional circuit-switched networks.  As of today,
 Cogent has commenced work on lighting an additional seven wavelengths,
 increasing the overall capacity to 80 Gbps -- similar to accommodating over
 150 billion e-mails per second.
     "We are extremely pleased by the demand that both our service provider and
 commercial end-user customers have demonstrated for Cogent services, and this
 expansion will enable us to respond to their needs," said Dave Schaeffer, CEO
 and Founder of Cogent Communications.  "One of our most basic commitments to
 customers is to remain a non-oversubscribed network and, as such, the
 aggressive growth in customer demand we are experiencing requires that we
 upscale the capacity of our nationwide backbone network.  It is Cogent's
 policy to continue its network expansion in a manner consistent with such
 customer growth."
     Nick Maynard, an analyst for the Yankee Group's Communications Services
 for the New Economy business unit concurred, "Cogent was strategic in the way
 they built their network.  Its long-haul backbone is a key differentiator over
 other enterprise data providers, allowing Cogent to control its own traffic
 and offer its end-to-end IP services at radically low prices."
     After conducting an exhaustive review of over 50 vendors, Cogent
 Communications has built a nationwide IP+Optical end-to-end network utilizing
 Cisco's IP+Optical equipment.  "Cogent has proven time and time again that the
 Cisco equipment lives up to its expectations and we are more than confident
 that an 80 Gigabit network can easily be maintained with their current network
 architecture," said Carl Russo, Group Vice President of Optical Networking at
 Cisco Systems.
     Cogent Communications offers its commercial user and service provider
 customer base unprecedented amounts of optical bandwidth for radically low,
 unmetered, non-distance sensitive 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.  This infrastructure
 enables significant efficiencies that maximize bandwidth and drive down the
 cost per megabit delivered.
     Cogent's flagship retail offering of 100 Mbps 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. (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.
 
     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 unprecedented optical 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 .  Cogent Communications is headquartered at 1015
 31st Street, NW, Washington DC 20007, and can be reached at 202-295-4200 or
 info@cogentco.com .
 
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