Competitive Local Exchange Carrier
Yipes Communications, San FranciscoThe lone repeat winner for 2001 is Yipes Communications, provider of Gigabit Ethernet services over optical networks in major metro areas. While other companies are also providing Gig-E as a service over optical pipes, CEO Jerry Parricks Yipes was chosen by the judges for going beyond that service to develop a network architecture that can give businesses bandwidth on demand and be the basic platform for future enhanced services. Yipes fully meshed network allows any-to-any connections among its subscribers, enabling them to create communities of interest. It also means service providers, such as those offering storage services, can connect to the Yipes network and have immediate access to a wide range of customers.
"I chose Yipes for its rigorous focus on simply giving businesses what they really want, creating relationships with end users, and for their marketing rather than technology focus in a segment where that is rare," Mine says. "CLECs [pronounced SEE-leks] that are not willing to get dirty with real end users have failed."