Press Release Summary:
ConT1nuity(TM) Business Assurance Service combines wireless and wireline connections with ConT1nuity Router. Resulting path-diverse solution allows SMB or enterprise customer to use fully-aggregated bandwidth of both connections, while ensuring rapid failover if one connection goes down. Wireless service can range from 1-9 Mbps, and wireline connection can be DSL, T1, or Cable. Service is capable of load-balancing outbound traffic as well as hostname-based inbound traffic.
Original Press Release:
NextWeb Announces ConT1nuity(TM) Business Assurance Service
Innovative Service Combines Wireless and Wireline Internet Connection With State-of-the-Art Edge Device, to Provide the Highest Potential Uptime in an Internet Service
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 13 -- NextWeb, California's largest fixed wireless Internet service provider for business, today announced NextWeb ConT1nuity(TM) Business Assurance Service, the first Internet service to combine wireless and wireline connections with a state-of-the-art edge device -- the NextWeb ConT1nuity Router -- and deliver nearly 100% uptime*. The announcement was made at the industry's major conference, the Wireless Communications Association International 11th Annual Symposium and Business Expo, held here.
The NextWeb ConT1nuity service consists of NextWeb's enterprise-class fixed broadband wireless Internet service, combined with a customer's existing wireline -- DSL or T1 service -- or a NextWeb-supplied wireline service. To these path-diverse connections is added a state-of-the-art WAN edge device, the NextWeb ConT1nuity Router. The resulting solution allows a small to medium business or enterprise customer to use the fully-aggregated bandwidth of both connections, while ensuring rapid failover if one of the connections goes down.
"In 2004 NextWeb proved that the market for fixed broadband wireless Internet service is a real market, with real growth potential," said Graham Barnes, NextWeb's chief executive officer. "This year we intend to expand our addressable market in a number of key areas, one of which is strategic new product announcements. The NextWeb ConT1nuity service really leverages the strengths of our carrier-class microwave wireless network, and brings to the California market a truly unique solution for high bandwidth and reliability. It is fitting that we would launch this product at the WCA show in San Jose, where the industry is gathering to celebrate and acknowledge the tremendous growth potential of this market."
Path Diversity is the Key
The idea of redundant Internet connections is nothing new. In fact, customers have been backing up their primary WAN connections with a T1, DSL or dial-up connection for decades. The problem with this solution is that both wireline connections typically travel the same route to the Internet: following the same conduit in the building, then through the incumbent phone company's local access network, and are probably connected through the same Central Office (CO). The key to the NextWeb ConT1nuity service is path diversity. By combining a NextWeb wireless link with the customer's existing wireline connection, the customer has two distinct, path-diverse connections to the Internet. The NextWeb wireless link is connected over carrier-class fixed broadband wireless facilities that never touch the incumbent phone company's access network, and then route through NextWeb's redundant transit providers. Combining this wireless link with a wireline connection is the essence of path diversity.
Flexibility to Meet Customer Needs; Reliability to Ensure Uptime
The NextWeb ConT1nuity service can be ordered in a variety of configurations. The customer may add NextWeb wireless service, along with the NextWeb ConT1nuity Router, to an existing wireline connection; or, the customer may order the entire solution from NextWeb -- wireless, wireline and router. Wireless service can range from 1 Mbps all the way up to 9 Mbps, and the wireline connection (either customer-existing, or ordered from NextWeb) can be DSL, T1, or Cable. Thus the aggregated bandwidth of the service can be as little as 2 Mbps and as much as 10 Mbps or greater.
The NextWeb ConT1nuity service comes fully configured with a managed load-balancing router, and a path-diverse wireless connection. The service is virtually plug and play with most customer networks and is capable of load-balancing outbound traffic as well as all standard hostname-based inbound traffic.
The NextWeb ConT1nuity service is available immediately. Those interested in ordering the service may call 1-877-325-NEXT (6398), or send an email to email@example.com.
NextWeb's business-class Internet service is available in more than 175 cities throughout California. The industry-leading service typically saves businesses thousands of dollars per year by eliminating the high cost of a traditional T1 from the phone company. Because NextWeb owns and maintains its own independent telecommunications network and connects directly to the Internet backbone, the company's service completely bypasses telephone and cable companies, providing customers with significantly more bandwidth at substantially lower startup and monthly costs. The fixed-wireless company guarantees its high-speed Internet service will be up and running for its customers in three to seven business days, compared to weeks or months typically associated with larger wireline carriers.
NextWeb, Inc. is California's largest fixed-wireless Internet service provider for business, providing high-speed service to more than 2,000 enterprise customers. In 2004, the company was named one of the 50 fastest growing Bay Area companies by all three leading business publications in the region. NextWeb's service is available to over 200,000 business locations in more than 175 cities throughout California. Typically installed in just three to seven days, NextWeb's standard Super-T service is 30 percent faster than a T1 at 70% of the price, easily scaling to six times the speed of a T1. The company is active in the formation of industry standards, and is a member of the WiMAX Forum and the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA), as well as being a founding member of Broadband Access Network Coordination (BANC) and the SkyWeb Alliance. NextWeb is profitable and is backed by strategic investors including Asset Management Partners, Cedar Grove Investments, Kaiser Permanente, Monet Capital, Saints Capital, Sage Venture Partners, and Sunsino VentureGroup. Additional company information is available at www.nextweb.net.
* No Internet service can deliver 100% uptime. However, the NextWeb ConT1nuity service uses a path-diverse architecture that provides the closest to 100% service availability that is technically possible.
CONTACT: Eric Warren, Director of Marketing and Business Development of NextWeb, Inc., +1-805-484-0658, firstname.lastname@example.org