New Edge Networks aims to simplify pricing for its Private Network service customers.
The service provider launched a trial Monday that offers users with 50 or more network sites a flat rate regardless if they are using DSL or frame relay to connect remote sites to their corporate network.
Users will be charged $US159 per month, per site.
The flat rate is for users that can be linked to New Edge's Private Network service via its Big Foot DSL service at 85 percent of their network sites or more. The DSL services are ADSL with 768K bit/sec downstream and 128K bit/sec upstream, bidirectional SDSL at 192K bit/sec or IDSL at 144K bit/sec.
The remaining 15 percent of sites would be connected to New Edge's Private Network service via 128K bit/sec frame relay.
The service provider says frame relay connections typically cost about $US300 to $US800, which is why it is limiting its flat-rate offer to users with fewer frame relay connections. New Edge says users with fewer than 15 percent of their sites using frame relay will be offered a flat rate lower than $US159 per month.
New Edge says its Big Foot DSL service is provisioned from 9,619 central office switches, reaching about 90 percent of businesses in the U.S.
The national ISP Earthlink is in the process of acquiring New Edge in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $US144 million. The acquisition was announced in December.