Products And Services
a2b builds broadband infrastructure. We provide dedicated site-to-site dark fibre connectivity enabling our customers to establish a “private fibre optic network” within the a2b backbone network. Our customers may install their own opto-electronic equipment on their strands of fibre to provide telecommunications services to their customers or build their own secure, private, high-bandwidth, scalable network.
We typically lease dark fibre under two types of contractual agreements; Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) and Short Term Lease (STL) agreements. Under such agreements, our customers are granted an exclusive right to use specified dark fibre strands within the network for their own unrestricted use, subject to underlying rights.
Our IRU agreements (classified as finance leases) are usually for a term of 20 years or more with optional renewal periods thereafter. The IRU fees for the entire term are generally prepaid in advance for the entire IRU term.
Our STL agreements (classified as operating leases) are usually for terms of five years or less and may contain renewal rights. STLs are either prepaid or on a month-to-month payment schedule.
a2b’s maintenance services are available for dispatch twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. If requested, we will also handle STL customers’ maintenance, relationships and contracts with suppliers and integrators to ensure consistent and smooth network function.
The company also provides construction, project management and consulting services to assist customers in building laterals off the backbone network. The range of ancillary services we offer and the various payment options available under IRU and STL agreements allow the company to be flexible in providing service and pricing solutions for customers.
“The lowest prices and highest speeds are almost all offered by firms in markets where, in addition to an incumbent telephone company and a cable company, there are also competitors who entered the market, and built their presence, through use of open access facilities. – Next Generation Connectivity: A review of broadband Internet transitions and policy from around the world, October 2009 DRAFT, The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University”