Epik Networks Launches 2 Mbps Product to Compete with DSL and Cable Offerings in Canada

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Epik is offering ME2 in 5 markets across the United States and Canada in the same buildings in which it provides its trademark Hosted PBX - Total Voice Management service. ME2 is designed to attract approximately 40% of an office building's tenants that currently use DSL and Cable and would not typically consider a jump to Epik's ME10 service (10 Mbps at $550 / month). Pricing ME2 at $250 CAD per month will provide DSL and Cable customers with a cutting edge, higher performance network at a price they can afford.

ME2 provides a protected, dedicated two megabit connection at a price point that will complement Epik's 10 Mbps offering, not compete with it.

Epik Networks, a leading tenant-services company with operations across North America, announced today that it is launching an On-Net 2 Megabit per second (Mbps) service in Canada called ME2. This new product will compete directly with DSL and Cable offerings on price, but it will also provide a superior level of performance that cannot be matched by ordinary copper line-based services. Epik's all-optical network enables Epik to provide each customer a dedicated, non-oversubscribed, full-duplex Internet connection with a 99.99% reliability guarantee.

Epik is offering ME2 in 5 markets across the United States and Canada in the same buildings in which it provides its trademark Hosted PBX - Total Voice Management service. ME2 is designed to attract approximately 40% of an office building's tenants that currently use DSL and Cable and would not typically consider a jump to Epik's ME10 service (10 Mbps at $550 / month). Pricing ME2 at $250 CAD per month will provide DSL and Cable customers with a cutting edge, higher performance network at a price they can afford.

Today, DSL customers receive actual throughput based on their distance from their provider's central office. This means that a DSL customer pays for an advertised level of service but only receives a fraction of the bandwidth promised. Epik, on the other hand, provides dedicated bandwidth so customers enjoy the exact throughput they pay for 24 hours per day, every day of the year. Epik's ME2 product is superior to DSL due to the use of fibre connectivity, full service level agreement (SLA) and 15 day guaranteed installation time.

"We want to be equally attractive to every tenant in an Epik designated building regardless of their bandwidth needs. It's tough to ask someone paying $200-$300 per month for DSL bandwidth to jump to $550 per month for 10 Mbps, no matter how great of a deal that really is. Our ME2 product is designed to provide a superior product to the DSL and cable marketplace," said Greg Walker, President, Epik Networks. "ME2 provides a protected, dedicated two megabit connection at a price point that will complement Epik's 10 Mbps offering, not compete with it."

In addition, Epik's network is built in a series of rings that enable the network to remain in operation even if the fibre is cut by redirecting communications around the ring in an opposite direction.

About Epik Networks:
Epik Networks is a leading tenant services company providing state-of-the-art Internet and Voice services to its customers through a dedicated services model, enabling companies of all sizes access to the resources and technical expertise previously reserved for large enterprises. Established in 2001, Epik now supports over 500 customers; providing 3,000 end users with a single source of responsibility for voice, internet and on-site services. To view our products please visit http://www.businessphonesepik.com.

Epik on-net buildings represent more than 15 million sq. ft. Epik is planning to expand further into other major markets across Canada and the USA and has signed Telecommunication License Agreements with major real estate groups.

The company's goal is to be the number one choice of business customers requiring a single source of responsibility for all their voice and Internet requirements. The benefits of shared services model for customers include risk-free access to the latest technology, scaleable installation and support, no up front capital costs, reduced internal IT support, no concerns about investing in obsolete technologies, remote diagnosis and 24/7 technical support.

For property owners and managers the benefits of Epik Networks include a fibre optic structure that helps increase property value, increased tenant retention and recruitment and a building dedicated trained sales and service staff. For more information about Epik Networks please visit http://www.epiknetworks.com.

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