First Customers Live on New MassBroadband 123 Network

Friday, September 21, 2012

Crocker Communications Upgrades Service to Health New England as Key Project Benchmark is Met

At an event today, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative announced the MassBroadband 123 network has started serving its first customers, Crocker Communications and Health New England. A key project milestone, network operator Axia NGN is now providing wholesale transport service to Crocker Communications, which in turn provides retail telecommunications services to Health New England, a Springfield-based health care organization serving western and central Massachusetts.

"As a company we were looking for fast service at a better price and Axia and Crocker made that possible", said Peter Straley, Health New England President and CEO. "Now we have as good a service as we could get anywhere in the world. Right here in Springfield. And that will allow us to provide even better care for our customers."

Axia NGN is the global network operator hired to run the MassBroadband 123 network by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. To learn more about the network, visit www.axiamassbroadband123.com. Axia North American President, Murray Sigler was in Springfield to join the announcement.

"Axia is committed to ensuring the success of the MassBroadband123 network and will continue to invest to create viable fiber connections as the network gets deployed across western and central Massachusetts. With this commitment here in Springfield, we are providing important new investment to support the economic vitality of the city, the region and companies like Crocker Communications and Health New England."

Springfield is home to the Axia operated MassBroadband 123 network hub at One Federal Street. Springfield Mayor Dominic Sarno applauded the start of service in the city. "A modern fiber-optic infrastructure is a key part of the Springfield’s economic viability for the future," said Mayor Sarno. "The MassBroadband 123 investment in Springfield means companies like Health New England will access to the carrier class network they need to compete."

The first service provider to use the network is a western Massachusetts based company, Crocker Communications. "Axia and the network are providing my company with the new opportunities I need to grow my business and my customers’ businesses," said Crocker Communications President, Matthew Crocker. "Axia offers a lower cost connection to Boston, which is a game changer in western Massachusetts because it reduces costs for everyone."

MassBroadband 123 is a new 1,100 mile, regional fiber-optic network being built by the Massachusetts Broadband Institute for completion in June 2013.

"This is an exciting day for all of us who are committed to bringing broadband to the unserved areas of western Massachusetts by deploying a sustainable regional network", said MBI Director Judith Dumont. "We are on our way, more fiber is going up every day, it’s real, we have a great partner in Axia and this is the latest of many the successes we plan to achieve over the next year."

Axia sells services over fiber-optic communications infrastructure in jurisdictions that have implemented the Axia NGN Solution. To date, Axia has networks in Alberta, France, Singapore, Spain and Massachusetts. Axia trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "AXX". To learn more about Axia visit them on the web at www.axia.com.

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