News Release

eLink Communications Deploys Cisco 10000 Edge Service Routers for Global Services in Multi-Tenant Units

Cisco 10000 Offers Enhanced IP Services and Unmatched Density for eLink
Oct 11, 2000

BETHESDA, MD and SAN JOSE, Calif. - October 11, 2000 - eLink Communications, a leading tenant-centric provider of broadband communications services, today announced the successful deployment of Cisco 10000 Edge Services Routers (ESR) to aggregate T1 and E1 traffic across its broadband network, which will serve multi-tenant commercial units around the world. To date, eLink has successfully wired approximately 200 commercial office buildings across the U.S. With offices in Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco, eLink recently announced plans to offer services in Europe.

"Our investment in the Cisco 10000 ESR was a strategic business decision," said Audrey Curtis, eLink's Chief Technology Officer. "As we continue to roll out services in new cities, the 10000 will be a critical component of our overall network infrastructure-offering us the performance we need today with plenty of room for growth in the future. With support for E1 and T1 in a single box, the Cisco 10000 ESR will also be instrumental as we expand our business globally."

According to Deutche Bank Alex Brown, currently only 3% of commercial office buildings over 10,000 SQFT are wired for broadband access to their tenants. eLink believes a significant opportunity exists to provide broadband services to a targeted audience of small and medium sized businesses.

The Cisco 10000 ESR is being used to aggregate eLink's Internet traffic from multiple buildings at a co-location site and interfacing to eLink's network. The efficiency of the ESR reduces the amount of real estate eLink needs for its network infrastructure. In large metropolitan cities, reducing real estate requirements translates to significant cost savings for eLink. In addition, aggregating traffic to one centralized location and platform minimizes network management and administration needs.