CTC Communications Teams With ThruPoint in Transition to Packet-Based Network

Class 4/5 Environment Now Live With Voice Services Over Packet-Based Network



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from ThruPoint, Inc.

    NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- ThruPoint, Inc., the leading network
 architecture consulting firm, announced today that it has successfully
 contributed to the implementation of CTC's,
 CTC Communications Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CPTL), next-generation Integrated
 Communications Network extending Class-4/5 long distance and local calling
 capabilities to customers. ThruPoint under its Circuit-to-Packet Transition
 OptiPoint(SM) Solution has engaged several senior engineers under CTC as the
 leading integrator.
     "CTC, an early-adopter of this technology in the service provider space,
 has become one of the very first carriers to provide business class local
 switched voice services on a 100% packet based network," recalls John
 Robertson, ThruPoint's Regional Vice President, New England. "With such an
 aggressive target, CTC needed a partner that had experience with
 first-to-market technology. To address CTC's business objectives, ThruPoint
 assembled a senior team of highly skilled engineering consultants, to be
 collaborative with and responsive to CTC and the other key vendors involved in
 this project. Throughout this process, we worked with CTC to deliver the best
 level and breadth of service capability to their customers, while creating a
 solid return on investment for CTC. This is what ThruPoint does best and what
 the market and investors demand in today's economy."
     To successfully support CTC as the leading integrator of this program,
 ThruPoint made use of its proprietary OptiPoint Delivery Methodology, which is
 a set of well-defined procedures for the delivery of engineering and
 consulting projects. This methodology focuses not only on design and
 implementation, but also on critical issues such as strategic assessment,
 testing, knowledge transfer and training, resulting in: the alignment of the
 networking project to the client's business needs, and ensuring consistent,
 quality on-time and on-budget delivery. Although Beta-testing is complete and
 the Class 4/5 environment is live, ThruPoint will continue to validate key
 features of the packet-based architecture.
     "CTC has delivered on its promise to having customers utilizing local and
 long distance voice services on our Cisco Powered packet-based VoIP network by
 the end of 2000, and its goal of being one of the first carriers to do so,"
 remarked Frederic Kunzi SVP and Chief Technology Officer of CTC. "It was due
 to the commitment of both CTC and its strategic partners that this happened.
 ThruPoint, along with their engineering team, has contributed significantly to
 making this program a success for all parties."
 
     About CTC
     CTC is a rapidly growing "next generation" Integrated Communications
 Carrier utilizing next generation technology and providing its customers with
 converged voice, data, Internet and video services on a broadband,
 packet-based network. The Company serves medium and larger business customers
 from Virginia to Maine, which includes the most robust telecommunications
 region in the world -- the Washington D.C. to Boston corridor. CTC was
 managing more than 450,000 access lines as of December 31, 2000.
     The Company's Cisco Powered IP+ATM packet network and its 450 member sales
 and service teams, provide contiguous marketing and technology coverage
 throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. The Company, through its
 dedicated commitment to exceptional customer service, has achieved an
 industry-leading market share in the Northeast and an industry-leading line
 retention rate in excess of 99 percent. CTC can be found on the worldwide web
 at http://www.ctcnet.com.
 
     About ThruPoint
     ThruPoint Inc., headquartered in New York, NY, USA, offers complex
 internetworking solutions comprised of a range of services, for corporate and
 service provider clients to plan, design, implement, and manage networks.
 ThruPoint's internetworking engineers work with advanced networks at major
 financial institutions, service providers, and "Fortune 1000" firms across a
 broad range of industries -- including Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology and
 Communications. ThruPoint maintains strategic alliances designed to support
 customers of many major vendors of hardware, software, and services, such as
 Cisco Systems, Inc. and KPMG Consulting. With more than 600 employees,
 ThruPoint has locations in 18 U.S. cities, and eight cities in Europe
 including a European headquarters in London. ThruPoint is located on the World
 Wide Web at http://www.thrupoint.net.
 
     ThruPoint and OptiPoint are trademarks of ThruPoint, Inc. All other
 trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE ThruPoint, Inc.
    NEW YORK, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- ThruPoint, Inc., the leading network
 architecture consulting firm, announced today that it has successfully
 contributed to the implementation of CTC's,
 CTC Communications Group Inc. (Nasdaq: CPTL), next-generation Integrated
 Communications Network extending Class-4/5 long distance and local calling
 capabilities to customers. ThruPoint under its Circuit-to-Packet Transition
 OptiPoint(SM) Solution has engaged several senior engineers under CTC as the
 leading integrator.
     "CTC, an early-adopter of this technology in the service provider space,
 has become one of the very first carriers to provide business class local
 switched voice services on a 100% packet based network," recalls John
 Robertson, ThruPoint's Regional Vice President, New England. "With such an
 aggressive target, CTC needed a partner that had experience with
 first-to-market technology. To address CTC's business objectives, ThruPoint
 assembled a senior team of highly skilled engineering consultants, to be
 collaborative with and responsive to CTC and the other key vendors involved in
 this project. Throughout this process, we worked with CTC to deliver the best
 level and breadth of service capability to their customers, while creating a
 solid return on investment for CTC. This is what ThruPoint does best and what
 the market and investors demand in today's economy."
     To successfully support CTC as the leading integrator of this program,
 ThruPoint made use of its proprietary OptiPoint Delivery Methodology, which is
 a set of well-defined procedures for the delivery of engineering and
 consulting projects. This methodology focuses not only on design and
 implementation, but also on critical issues such as strategic assessment,
 testing, knowledge transfer and training, resulting in: the alignment of the
 networking project to the client's business needs, and ensuring consistent,
 quality on-time and on-budget delivery. Although Beta-testing is complete and
 the Class 4/5 environment is live, ThruPoint will continue to validate key
 features of the packet-based architecture.
     "CTC has delivered on its promise to having customers utilizing local and
 long distance voice services on our Cisco Powered packet-based VoIP network by
 the end of 2000, and its goal of being one of the first carriers to do so,"
 remarked Frederic Kunzi SVP and Chief Technology Officer of CTC. "It was due
 to the commitment of both CTC and its strategic partners that this happened.
 ThruPoint, along with their engineering team, has contributed significantly to
 making this program a success for all parties."
 
     About CTC
     CTC is a rapidly growing "next generation" Integrated Communications
 Carrier utilizing next generation technology and providing its customers with
 converged voice, data, Internet and video services on a broadband,
 packet-based network. The Company serves medium and larger business customers
 from Virginia to Maine, which includes the most robust telecommunications
 region in the world -- the Washington D.C. to Boston corridor. CTC was
 managing more than 450,000 access lines as of December 31, 2000.
     The Company's Cisco Powered IP+ATM packet network and its 450 member sales
 and service teams, provide contiguous marketing and technology coverage
 throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States. The Company, through its
 dedicated commitment to exceptional customer service, has achieved an
 industry-leading market share in the Northeast and an industry-leading line
 retention rate in excess of 99 percent. CTC can be found on the worldwide web
 at http://www.ctcnet.com.
 
     About ThruPoint
     ThruPoint Inc., headquartered in New York, NY, USA, offers complex
 internetworking solutions comprised of a range of services, for corporate and
 service provider clients to plan, design, implement, and manage networks.
 ThruPoint's internetworking engineers work with advanced networks at major
 financial institutions, service providers, and "Fortune 1000" firms across a
 broad range of industries -- including Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology and
 Communications. ThruPoint maintains strategic alliances designed to support
 customers of many major vendors of hardware, software, and services, such as
 Cisco Systems, Inc. and KPMG Consulting. With more than 600 employees,
 ThruPoint has locations in 18 U.S. cities, and eight cities in Europe
 including a European headquarters in London. ThruPoint is located on the World
 Wide Web at http://www.thrupoint.net.
 
     ThruPoint and OptiPoint are trademarks of ThruPoint, Inc. All other
 trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  ThruPoint, Inc.