CHARLESTON, W.Va., Sep 02, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
By combining the more than 6,300 miles of fiber infrastructure of the former Frontier and newly purchased Verizon telecommunications properties, Frontier Communications (NYSE: FTR) has created a robust fiber optic middle-mile infrastructure to bring high bandwidth or high speed/broadband services to the state of West Virginia. In addition, Frontier has more than 100 major fiber network upgrades planned over the next 12 months, which will significantly expand Frontier's capability in West Virginia.
Frontier will leverage this fiber network by building a new Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) network in southern West Virginia to provide increased bandwidth up to 10 gigabits and redundancy in 12 markets throughout the state. ROADM technology offers a more flexible infrastructure, enables service to be deployed more rapidly, eliminates overlay technologies and provides a single platform to deliver multiple services and further reliability.
It utilizes a state-of-the-art optical multiplexer to remotely switch telecommunications traffic and provides much greater flexibility to make changes without affecting customer high speed broadband traffic already on the network. This network will be the foundation for a new Switched Ethernet network that will provide 10 Gigabit capacity for business customers and cell sites, and greatly enhance service reliability for all customers.
Data Network Enhancements:
Frontier is already increasing the Internet Protocol (IP) infrastructure in West Virginia. Its aggressive six-month plan includes upgrading four (4) state aggregation Points of Presence (POPs) by installing state-of-the art routers in Bluefield, Charleston, Clarksburg and Martinsburg. Each location will have Gigabit Ethernet connections to Frontier's 20 Gigabit National Data Backbone POPs in Ashburn, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia and Chicago, Illinois. The network's scalable and flexible architecture will allow Frontier to exceed the demands of future IP traffic such as Web 2.0, Voice, Video, and other applications.
"These infrastructure investments will dramatically improve the Internet experience for our West Virginia customers and offer superior redundancy and scalability for future products and services," said Ken Arndt, president of Frontier's Southeast Region. "When complete, West Virginia will be a model for next-generation intra-state network design, providing robust IPV4, IPV6 and MPLS VPN services."
Some of the new products and benefits enabled by this technology include:
1. Frontier Dedicated Internet service for both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols. IPv4 allows connectivity to legacy network devices while the new IPv6 "future proofs" Frontier's network to accommodate new equipment and additional customers;
2. Increased redundancy and scalability for Frontier High-Speed Internet customers; and
3. Frontier's Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Layer 3 Virtual Private Network (VPN) product, which combines enhanced Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) signaling, MPLS traffic isolation and router support for Virtual Routing/Forwarding (VRF) to create an IP-based VPN. Compared to other types of VPN, MPLS L3VPN is more cost efficient and can provide more robust services to customers. This product gives network operators more flexibility to divert and route data traffic as needed to keep the network operating and telecommunications traffic flowing in an appropriate fashion.
Frontier also plans to release its IP/VPN product. IP/VPN will be Frontier's nationwide carrier class private Ethernet network and will provide access to customers on the West Virginia statewide network to any access point in the national Frontier network.
"These products and initiatives are part of our three-year plan to strengthen the infrastructure and the customers' reach to new technologies in West Virginia. It will provide a strong base for economic development and move the state closer to the top of national ranking for broadband connectivity," Arndt said.
About Frontier Communications
Frontier Communications Corporation (NYSE: FTR) offers broadband, video and phone services to more than 4 million residential and business customers in 27 states and has approximately 14,800 employees. It is a member of the S&P 500 Index. More information is available at www.frontier.com and www.frontier.com/ir.
This presentation contains forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made on the basis of management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance. Words such as "believe," "anticipate," "expect" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements (including oral representations) involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. These risks and uncertainties are based on a number of factors, including but not limited to: our ability to successfully integrate the Verizon operations into Frontier's existing operations; the effects of increased expenses due to activities related to the integration of the Verizon operations; the risk that the growth opportunities and cost synergies from the Verizon transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; the sufficiency of the assets acquired from Verizon to enable us to operate the acquired business on an ongoing basis; the effects of greater than anticipated competition requiring new pricing, marketing strategies or new product or service offerings and the risk that we will not respond on a timely or profitable basis; reductions in the number of our access lines that cannot be offset by increases in high-speed Internet subscribers and sales of other products; our ability to sell enhanced and data services in order to offset ongoing declines in revenues from local services, switched access services and subsidies; the effects of ongoing changes in the regulation of the communications industry as a result of federal and state legislation and regulation; the effects of changes in the availability of federal and state universal funding to us and our competitors; the effects of competition from cable, wireless and other wireline carriers (through Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP), DOCSIS 3.0, 4G or otherwise); our ability to adjust successfully to changes in the communications industry and to implement strategies for growth; adverse changes in the credit markets or in the ratings given to our debt securities by nationally accredited ratings organizations, which could limit or restrict the availability, or increase the cost, of financing; continued reductions in switched access revenues as a result of regulation, competition or technology substitutions; the effects of changes in both general and local economic conditions on the markets we serve, which can affect demand for our products and services, customer purchasing decisions, collectability of revenues and required levels of capital expenditures related to new construction of residences and businesses; our ability to effectively manage service quality in our territories; our ability to successfully introduce new product offerings, including the ability to offer bundled service packages on terms that are both profitable to us and attractive to customers; changes in accounting policies or practices adopted voluntarily or as required by generally accepted accounting principles or regulations; our ability to manage effectively our operations, operating expenses and capital expenditures, and to repay, reduce or refinance our debt; the effects of bankruptcies and home foreclosures, which could result in difficulty in collection of revenues and loss of customers; the effects of technological changes and competition on our capital expenditures and product and service offerings, including the lack of assurance that our network improvements will be sufficient to meet or exceed the capabilities and quality of competing networks; the effects of increased medical, retiree and pension expenses and related funding requirements; changes in income tax rates, tax laws, regulations or rulings, or federal or state tax assessments; the effects of state regulatory cash management policies on our ability to transfer cash among our subsidiaries and to the parent company; our ability to successfully renegotiate union contracts expiring in 2010 and thereafter; declines in the value of our pension plan assets, which could require us to make contributions to the pension plans in 2011 and beyond; the effects of any unfavorable outcome with respect to any of our current or future legal, governmental or regulatory proceedings, audits or disputes; the possible impact of adverse changes in political or other external factors over which we have no control; and the effects of hurricanes, ice storms or other natural disasters.
SOURCE: Frontier Communications
Karen C. Miller, 845-344-9416