Former President and CEO of MFS Telecom and Senior VP for Level 3 Joins LayerOne as Chairman of Board

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from LayerOne, Inc.

    DALLAS, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- LayerOne, Inc., a provider of layer one
 optical transport exchanges and connectivity services, today named veteran
 telecommunications executive Mark Gershien chairman of its board of directors.
 Gershien brings to the board over 20 years management experience in a broad
 spectrum of telecommunication businesses with direct operating experience in
 telephony, data and Internet services.  His expertise in telecommunications
 sales and operations adds depth to LayerOne's management team and is expected
 to prove invaluable as the company launches the second phase roll out of its
 NEXUS Optical Distribution Exchanges(TM).  Gershien's acceptance of the
 position is seen as further validation of LayerOne's business model, which is
 receiving wide-spread industry acceptance.  The company has signed over
 30 national service agreements with leading service providers during the past
 eight months.
     Gershien most recently held top management posts with two well-known
 telecommunications service providers.  As senior vice president of Level 3
 Communications, Inc., a telecommunications and information services company
 building an IP-based fiber network in the U.S. and Europe, Gershien was
 responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, billing and internal
 financial reporting.  Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of MFS
 Telecom, an operating unit of MFS Communications, Inc., where he was
 responsible for strategy development, business plan implementation, sales,
 marketing and finance.  Gershien also held senior sales and management
 positions at Sprint before joining MFS Telecom.
     "Mark Gershien embodies the entrepreneurial vision and spirit of the
 telecommunications industry," said Alexander Muse, president and CEO of
 LayerOne.  "His energy, experience and industry reputation are exactly what we
 need to help us implement our business plan."
     LayerOne Exchanges resolve one of the industry's worst bottlenecks by
 providing a centralized market solution for network interconnection and
 transport exchange in the top telecom markets throughout North America.
 LayerOne strategically locates its Exchanges at the confluence of existing and
 emerging fiber optic networks, then fosters even greater teledensity by
 creating a highly engineered facility where multiple long-haul carriers, dark-
 fiber providers and metro networks can physically converge.  The end result is
 a neutral interconnection hub -- the one place in every market where everyone
 and everything comes together.
 
     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.  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 10 /PRNewswire/ -- LayerOne, Inc., a provider of layer one
 optical transport exchanges and connectivity services, today named veteran
 telecommunications executive Mark Gershien chairman of its board of directors.
 Gershien brings to the board over 20 years management experience in a broad
 spectrum of telecommunication businesses with direct operating experience in
 telephony, data and Internet services.  His expertise in telecommunications
 sales and operations adds depth to LayerOne's management team and is expected
 to prove invaluable as the company launches the second phase roll out of its
 NEXUS Optical Distribution Exchanges(TM).  Gershien's acceptance of the
 position is seen as further validation of LayerOne's business model, which is
 receiving wide-spread industry acceptance.  The company has signed over
 30 national service agreements with leading service providers during the past
 eight months.
     Gershien most recently held top management posts with two well-known
 telecommunications service providers.  As senior vice president of Level 3
 Communications, Inc., a telecommunications and information services company
 building an IP-based fiber network in the U.S. and Europe, Gershien was
 responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, billing and internal
 financial reporting.  Prior to that, he served as president and CEO of MFS
 Telecom, an operating unit of MFS Communications, Inc., where he was
 responsible for strategy development, business plan implementation, sales,
 marketing and finance.  Gershien also held senior sales and management
 positions at Sprint before joining MFS Telecom.
     "Mark Gershien embodies the entrepreneurial vision and spirit of the
 telecommunications industry," said Alexander Muse, president and CEO of
 LayerOne.  "His energy, experience and industry reputation are exactly what we
 need to help us implement our business plan."
     LayerOne Exchanges resolve one of the industry's worst bottlenecks by
 providing a centralized market solution for network interconnection and
 transport exchange in the top telecom markets throughout North America.
 LayerOne strategically locates its Exchanges at the confluence of existing and
 emerging fiber optic networks, then fosters even greater teledensity by
 creating a highly engineered facility where multiple long-haul carriers, dark-
 fiber providers and metro networks can physically converge.  The end result is
 a neutral interconnection hub -- the one place in every market where everyone
 and everything comes together.
 
     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.  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.