Dulles, Virginia – (The Hosting News) – May 24, 2006 – Web host, VoIP and data communications provider, Covad Communications Group, Inc., will provide access to the AOL service with Covad’s ADSL 6.0 high-speed broadband access product.
Joe Redling, President of AOL’s Access Business commented, ”Covad’s ADSL 6.0 access product is another example of our flexible approach to meeting consumers’ needs as they move to broadband. Covad’s national broadband network, high quality products, and expertise in DSL make them an ideal partner as we continue to expand our coast-to-coast AOL High Speed offer with even more provider and access speed options.”
Charles Hoffman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Covad offered, ”This announcement signals a promising new direction in our longstanding strategic partnership with AOL. We view ADSL 6.0 as the first of many innovative Covad products that will help AOL capture consumers’ growing interest in moving to broadband.”
It is anticipated that residential users will increasingly adopt high-bandwidth data services as the move away from dial-up accelerates, according to Parks Associates, a leading industry and consumer research firm. Kurt Scherf, Vice President and principal analyst, Parks Associates. “By deploying Covad’s ADSL 6.0, AOL positions itself to take advantage of the residential user’s increasing interest in high-bandwidth data access for applications such as online gaming, streaming video, and downloading music.”
Key features of AOL High Speed with Covad ADSL 6.0 include:
— High-Speed Access: Covad ADSL 6.0 features download speeds of up to 6.0Mbps and up to 768K upstream.
— Plug-and-play installation makes establishing a wireless Internet connection quick and easy.
— Customer Service: Help that’s available 24/7, including help via phone, e-mail or instant message.
— Safety: A comprehensive set of safety and security tools available to keep users safer against viruses, spyware, identity theft, and other online threats for no additional charge.
— Content: AOL-exclusive and original programming including commercial free radio, streaming video and music.
— Storage: Additional benefits like unlimited email and picture storage on AOL.
Covad currently offers ADSL 6.0 to consumers only through wholesale partners such as AOL, who will begin offering the service this summer.
AOL LLC and its subsidiaries operate a network of web brands and the largest Internet access subscription service in the United States. Web brands include the AOL.com website, AIM, MapQuest and Netscape. AOL offers a range of digital services in the areas of education, safety and security, communications and music. The company also has operations in Europe and Canada. AOL, which is based in Dulles, Virginia, is a majority-owned subsidiary of Time Warner Inc.
Covad is a nationwide provider of integrated voice and data communications. The company offers DSL, Voice Over IP, T1, web hosting, managed security, IP and dial-up, wireless broadband, and bundled voice and data services directly through Covad’s network and through Internet Service Providers, value-added resellers, telecommunications carriers and affinity groups to small and medium-sized businesses and home users.
Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 44 states and 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and can be purchased by more than 57 million homes and businesses, which represent over 50 percent of all US homes and businesses. Corporate headquarters is located at 110 Rio Robles San Jose, California. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD.
To learn more, please visit: www.aol.com/highspeed.
For more information about Covad, please visit: www.covad.com.