Cogent Bolsters Gigex Mission-Critical Traffic
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 29, 2002 - Cogent Communications, a Tier One, optical ISP, today announced that Gigex Inc., a leading provider of distribution and download services for the video game industry, has selected Cogent's 100 Megabits-per-second (Mbps) Internet access service. Gigex uses Cogent's Internet connection to deliver large software and game files directly to end-user desktops.
Gigex offers a free download service and reaches a rapidly growing audience of 26 million monthly unique users via 75 gaming, lifestyle and portal websites - members of the Gigex Affiliate Network. The company currently delivers over 1,000,000 downloads per month of TV-quality console trailers and PC-demos, and that volume has significantly fueled bandwidth demand. To continue providing the most reliable distribution service while keeping costs down, Gigex determined that Cogent's low-cost, high bandwidth, reliable connection fit the bill.
"Much of the bandwidth industry is over-complicated and confusing. Cogent's simple, low-cost, high quality service is just what the industry needs," said Mark Friedler, Gigex CEO. "Not only did Cogent's network perform as advertised, but its customer service was superb. Those factors have made our decision to purchase even more Cogent bandwidth in the near future an easy one."
"Our data-only, national network is perfectly suited to handle the most demanding bandwidth services, and we are very pleased that Gigex was quick to realize this benefit," said Dave Schaeffer, CEO, Cogent Communications. "We charge the lowest price per megabit in the nation, and that's a compelling combination that the Internet gaming industry cannot overlook."
Cogent's 18,500 mile long haul backbone and metropolitan network services 33 cities and runs independently of traditional carrier networks. Built specifically for IP data, Cogent avoids the huge costs associated with a SONET-protected voice infrastructure, enabling it to offer wholesale and commercial end-user customers the lowest price per non-oversubscribed megabit in the country.
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