Williams Expands in Metro

TULSA, Okla. -- Building on its foundation of enabling bandwidth-centric providers, Williams Communications (NYSE: WCG - news) is expanding its presence in major metro markets through agreements with neutral colocation providers Switch and Data and PAIX.net. By entering into these agreements in high-demand metro areas, Williams Communications will increase access to its network and extend its reach to more than 200 network connection points.

"Williams Communications' entry into neutral colocation facilities complements our metro and facilities strategies very well and positions us in the markets most in demand. Through agreements like this, we can offer customers even greater flexibility by providing additional metro access points to connect to the Williams Communications network. At the same time, we will have access to new customers served by Switch and Data and PAIX.net," said Joe Turcotte, senior vice president of access services and Internet protocol for Williams Communications' network unit.

Under the terms of the agreements, Williams Communications will offer a variety of services in Switch and Data and PAIX.net facilities, including metro private line and metro wave services, as well as a range of high bandwidth offerings, including local and global transport services. Williams Communications will provide services in 20 Switch and Data Convergent Network Centers in Tier 1 and 2 markets including Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, New York, Minneapolis, St. Louis and Washington D.C. Williams Communications will offer its services in nine PAIX.net facilities in Palo Alto and San Jose, Calif., Seattle, Dallas, New York, Boston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Vienna, Va., near Washington, D.C.

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