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EarthLink Contracts to Expand POPs

EarthLink Tuesday signed a deal with Nortel Networks to expand the capacity available to Southern California subscribers.

EarthLink plans to add up to 42,000 more ports of carrier-class Internet access by the end of 1999. The deployment will expand EarthLink's Mega POP available bandwidth for the company's Southern California subscribers.

EarthLink's contract with Nortel Networks is the result of Mega POP's need to expand scalable Internet capabilities. Nortel's advanced access switch is designed to support dial-up access, fax and Voice over IP (VoIP).

"We evaluated the market's leading next-generation switches and chose Nortel Networks because of the CVX 1800's superior density and performance," said Steve Dougherty, director of Internet operations at EarthLink.

"The CVX 1800 offers the highest number of modems of any product available. We were looking for a robust and stable platform that also fit easily into our existing network."

Nortel Networks will deliver a total of 32 CVX 1800 units, providing EarthLink with additional remote access for the wholesale market by the end of 1999.

"The density, manageability, and scalability of the CVX 1800 platform provides EarthLink with competitive cost savings, and allows us to more effectively deploy our personnel and physical resources in support of our membership," Dougherty said.

Designed for central office and major ISP POP platforms, the Nortel CVX 1800 is an 18-slot access switch that aggregates high-volume dial-up for transport over the Internet. A single Nortel CVX 1800 handles up to 1,344 modems/ISDN calls per chassis.