Verizon Global Wholesale is standardizing - and in many cases, reducing - the provisioning intervals for all DS1 and DS3 circuits the company offers under its special access tariffs in 12 states and the District of Columbia.
The new intervals are seven days for DS1s and eight days for DS3s and go into effect Sept. 18.
Not only do these standardized intervals provide wholesale customers with greater uniformity for their own service offerings, most intervals have been reduced - some up to 33 percent - enabling customers to receive these services more quickly (when facilities are available) than before.
Customers who require shorter provisioning intervals for DS1s and DS3s will now be able to significantly reduce the number of expedite requests they make, and thus reduce the associated costs. Expedites allow customers to order services at shorter than standard intervals, but there is an additional charge.
In addition to the District of Columbia, the new provisioning intervals will be available in Verizon's service territory in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.
"Wholesale customers asked for standard intervals and we're delivering them," said Sean Sullivan, marketing director for Verizon Global Wholesale. "Private line services such as DS1s and DS3s have long been mainstay services for many wholesale customers, so standardization will make the process easier for them. The shorter intervals will allow customers to strengthen their competitive edge when delivering services to the market."
Verizon offers numerous pricing plans for special access DS1s and DS3s, enabling customers to select the plan that best satisfies their business needs. These competitive pricing plans are based on volumes, terms and other specifics, providing flexibility for wholesale customers of all sizes.
The special access services also come with choices of service level agreements (SLAs) - ranging from basic SLAs to the addition of optional network performance metrics.
"These latest improvements are just one more way we strive to satisfy the needs of our wholesale customers," said Sullivan. "Verizon's superior network, premier products and global reach combined with our skills, knowledge and experience enable us to deliver solid business solutions to wholesale customers."
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