IPNETZONE Selects AboveNet for High Bandwidth Connectivity in Chicago

AboveNet chosen for its extensive network footprint in Chicago metro area

Oct 19, 2010, 09:00 ET from AboveNet, Inc.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- AboveNet, Inc. (NYSE: ABVT), a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions, today announced that IPNETZONE COMMUNICATIONS INC., an independent global network provider, will leverage AboveNet's fiber optic network to extend service capabilities into the Chicago metro market in an effort to expand its MPLS Exchange Platform (MEP).

"AboveNet is a world-class high bandwidth solutions provider with an industry leading peered network that includes impressive latency statistics on their IP backbone," said Joon Shin, president and chief executive officer for IPNETZONE. "AboveNet's IP portfolio combined with high levels of service, offer an attractive value proposition for our network and operations expansion into the Chicago metro market, and they will play a key role in our nationwide Layer 2 initiatives to help ensure greater ROI for our customers and partners."

Based in New York, IPNETZONE serves enterprise and carrier companies looking for a wide range of converged communications services. The company specializes in private-line, metro Ethernet and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) solutions that can be deployed through its innovative MEP fabric.

AboveNet's international footprint is key to providing customers and partners with the network capabilities in and between top business hubs in the U.S. and Europe. AboveNet connects to buildings containing more than 400 data centers, and its solutions are supported by 2.3 million fiber miles, an intercity network spanning approximately 12,000 route miles, and a global Tier 1 IP backbone.

"AboveNet quickly identified IPNETZONE as a fast-emerging player in network and managed services, and we look forward to working closely with them as they roll out their capabilities to the Chicago market," said Brian Sheehan, director of Indirect Channel Sales at AboveNet. "We're delighted that our high bandwidth connectivity solutions will help IPNETZONE expand its services offering for new and existing customers in Chicago."

Through its award-winning customer and agent programs, AboveNet is able to extend its reach to provide business-critical high bandwidth solutions in the key metro markets. For more information about AboveNet's commitment to the channel, please visit http://abovenet.com/partners/agents.php.

About AboveNet

AboveNet, Inc. is a leading provider of high bandwidth connectivity solutions for businesses and carriers. Its private optical network delivers key network and IP services in and between top U.S. and European markets. AboveNet's network is widely used in demanding markets such as financial and legal services, media, health care, retail and government. More information is available at www.above.net.

SOURCE AboveNet, Inc.