Are The RBCOs Making Their Move?

May 2004
Business Communications Review;May2004, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p12
Trade Publication
Many enterprises hoped that when the regional Bell operating companies (RBOC) secured approvals to offer long distance services ubiquitously, the Bells would offer a real alternative to the interexchange carriers (IXC), especially for data services. It has been awhile in coming, but it now looks like the RBOCs are poised to enter the market as serious contenders, playing to their strengths as new entrants and improving their ability to sell to and serve enterprises. The RBOCs are trying to combine their newly-built interLocal Access and Transport Area Internet protocol backbones, based on Multi-Protocol Label Switching, with their last-mile connectivity to offer services based on broadband digital subscriber line for low-bandwidth sites and fiber-based Ethernet for larger locations.


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