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Genuity Launches Enterprise DSL Service

Genuity Inc. Wednesday rolled out its new nationwide business-grade digital subscriber line service.

Genuity's Enterprise DSL Internet Access Service is the first service to offer companies a reliable single-source for DSL services that includes activation and provisioning, customer support and billing.

In the past, enterprises would negotiate with DSL providers to build national, B2B extranets and intranets for telecommuters and remote branch offices.

Genuity's new service includes local loop, Internet connectivity, IP address management, access speeds up to 1.5 megabits per second, unlimited usage, technical support and billing. It also comes complete with self-installation kits and dedicated provisioning support staff and tiered pricing for volume purchases.

The new system creates a high-speed data channel on the subscriber's standard telephone line that simultaneously supports multiple computers, as well as voice and fax service. With DSL, users can make or receive a phone call or fax while remaining connected to their corporate LAN or the Internet.

Compared to other types of access, Enterprise DSL can be up to 10 times faster than ISDN lines and up to 25 times faster than a 56 Kbps modem, while being significantly less expensive than dedicated access lines such as T-1 and T-3.

"Enterprise customers today need more flexibility in their remote access connectivity and Genuity has the network and portfolio of services to deliver it to them," said Paul R. Gudonis, president and chief executive officer of Genuity. "Our enterprise DSL for building B2B extranets and intranets helps customers empower their employees to work from remote locations with reliable and high-speed network connectivity."

Enterprise DSL Internet access service is available on a nationwide basis now and starts at $89.95 per month.

Genuity's service announcement coincides with the explosion in popularity of DSL provision. In April, Excite@Home , famed for its cable modem access, joined the fleet of firms offering DSL packages to consumers hungry for faster Internet access.

That announcement followed a deal with Rhythms NetConnections , a wholesale provider of high-speed digital subscriber lines, giving it access to more than 15 million homes served by Rhythms.