San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – June 13, 2006 – Web host and national provider of integrated voice and data communications firm, Covad Communications Group, Inc., and Nextlink Wireless, Inc., a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc., have formed a strategic partnership to enable Covad to deploy higher speed wireless Ethernet services nationally using Nextlink’s licensed 28-31 GHz Local Multipoint Distribution System (LMDS) wireless spectrum. Covad’s new offering includes access speeds up to 25 Mbps per subscriber location, providing low latency to propel delivery of real-time applications, such as VoIP.
Initially, Covad will offer enhanced broadband wireless service within its existing network in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The agreement also allows for an expansion to eleven additional major markets across the country, including Chicago, Dallas, Miami, New York, Seattle, and Washington, DC.
Covad provides a business-class alternative to traditional telecom providers that is focused on the needs of small and medium businesses. As Covad deploys the new broadband wireless access service, these businesses, along with Covad’s enterprise-class business customers, will have the option to upgrade to a versatile suite of high-speed, Ethernet-based solutions that combines the power, reach, performance, and scalability of Nextlink’s licensed spectrum with the reliability and security of Covad’s extensive network.
Bob Beran, CEO of Nextlink commented, ”This agreement builds on the long-standing relationship between Covad and XO Communications. The consummation of this strategic deal, coming only weeks after Nextlink’s launch, validates our business model and the demand by carriers for new applications of broadband wireless.”
Charles Hoffman, President and CEO of Covad added, ”The alliance with Nextlink is important to our market strategy. We will significantly boost our strength in the business space, while Nextlink benefits from the use of its wireless assets. Best of all, business customers across the U.S. are the biggest winners, gaining an alternative in broadband that is reliable, top quality and very price competitive.”
Nextlink, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc., provides broadband wireless services to the wireless and wireline communications service provider, business and government markets. As one of the nation’s largest holders of fixed wireless spectrum, Nextlink endeavor to deliver carrier-grade wireless access solutions that scale to meet the demands of converged world of communications – supporting next-generation mobile and wireline voice, data and video applications.
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. According to the company, as the first company to commercially deploy DSL in the United States, Covad has spent hundreds of millions of dollars building a network that passes more than 57 million homes and businesses in 44 states – the largest nationwide footprint of any DSL company. Covad broadband services are currently available across the nation in 235 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) which represent over 50 percent of all US homes and businesses. Corporate headquarters is located at 110 Rio Robles, San Jose, California 95134. Telephone: 1-888-GO-COVAD.
To learn more about Nextlink, please visit: www.nextlink.com.
For more information about Covad, please visit: www.covad.com.