XO Communications Launches Broadband Wireless Services in Phoenix

Expands Availability of High-Speed Internet Access and Private Data Networking Services for Businesses

PHOENIX, March 19 / - Businesses in the Phoenix metropolitan area now have a new option for high-speed Internet access and private data networking services thanks to the roll out of broadband wireless technology from XO Communications and Nextlink Wireless, Inc., an affiliated XO company and the nation's largest holder of Local Mulitpoint Distribution System (LMDS) spectrum with licenses in 75 metropolitan markets.

With broadband wireless technology, businesses at locations that lack fiber connections or are only served by one local incumbent service provider can receive high-speed Internet access and private data networking services directly from XO. XO can deliver high speed network services directly to businesses over wireless links at speeds ranging from 10 Mbps to 155 Mbps (OC-3) to support a wide range of communications services. These services include high-speed dedicated Internet access, metro Ethernet, voice over IP (VoIP), wide area networks in campus or business park settings and network redundancy. From wireless hubs deployed in the Phoenix metropolitan area, XO can provide these services to qualified line-of-sight locations within a range of up to 12 miles.

Broadband wireless technology allows XO Communications to expand its network coverage in the Phoenix beyond its metro fiber network and fill a critical gap for businesses that require higher-speed network speeds but are constrained by the bandwidth limitations of current "last-mile" copper-based access connections or due to a lack of direct access to fiber. Today, last-mile copper connections often cannot scale above T-1 (1.5 Mbps) speeds to meet businesses' higher-bandwidth demands, while direct fiber access is available in less than 20 percent of buildings in the United States.

"XO's deployment of broadband wireless technology opens the door to a wider world of options for high-speed network access for businesses that are trapped because they are only served by copper or one local telecom provider," said David Paul, general manager of the Phoenix market for XO Communications. "This expansion of our network is part of our continuing focus to provide businesses with innovative high-speed network services and alternatives in the wake of a consolidating telecommunications industry."


XO Communications' broadband wireless coverage initially includes the downtown Phoenix area. In the future, XO has the ability to deploy additional wireless hubs to reach qualified locations across the Phoenix metropolitan area including in Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Tempe.

Today's launch in Phoenix expands XO Communications' wireless coverage to ten major metropolitan areas across the United States following deployments last year in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, San Diego, Tampa and Washington, DC.

For more information or to speak with an XO representative in Phoenix, call (602) 324-6398.

About Nextlink

Nextlink, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: XOHO.OB), 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 delivers high-quality, carrier-grade wireless access solutions that scale to meet the demands of today's converged world of communications - supporting next-generation mobile and wireline voice, data and video applications. For additional information, visit http://nextlink.com/.

About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: XOHO.OB), is a leading provider of national and local telecommunications services to businesses, large enterprises and telecommunications companies. XO offers a broad portfolio of services, including local and long distance voice, dedicated Internet access, private networking, data transport, and Web hosting services as well as bundled voice and Internet solutions. XO provides these services over an advanced, nationwide facilities-based IP network and serves 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com/.

Source: XO Communications

CONTACT: Chad Couser of XO Communications, +1-703-547-2746, chad.couser@xo.com

Web site: http://www.xo.com/

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