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Time Warner Telecom builds on extensive fibre base

01 October 1999

Time Warner Telecom is one of the best positioned competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) in the US. Benefiting from a popular brand name and rights of way in a number of cities, it has been building extensive local networks based on SONET technology. Time Warner Telecom's president and CEO Larissa Herda talks about the company's plans.

Time Warner Telecom was spun off from Time Warner in July 1998. A national local competitive exchange carrier, it is building dense regional fibre-optic networks in the US, as it bids to become one of the leading providers of telecoms services to businesses. The operator currently offers services to 20 cities in the US. F. Drake Johnstone, a telecoms equity analyst at Davenport, talks about the operator's competitive advantages: "I would point out what I consider to be unique about them: if for example you look at the local North Carolina network, they have a very extensive local build for their fibre networks. They just don't slap a ring in the city. If you look at the North Carolina map, you see figure ends of fibre in all the surrounding communities. In my view that is positive, as it enables them to capture a high proportion of the business market within a certain area, and not just the big businesses that are right in...