SECOND PHASE OF CABLE & WIRELESS GLOBAL IP NETWORK BUILD PROGRAMME COMPLETE Wednesday 13 December 2000 PDF Print Cable & Wireless, the global telecommunications group, today (13 December 2000) announced the second-phase completion of its $3.5 billion global Internet-Protocol (IP) infrastructure build programme with a further 38 international nodes now in service across the US, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Already the largest IP infrastructure based on a single, fully meshed architecture, Cable & Wireless has said it will incorporate 84 international nodes into this infrastructure by the end of 2001. Today's announcement brings the total number of fully operational nodes to 49. There are now 23 nodes in the US; 24 nodes in 12 countries across Europe and two in Asia Pacific. All nodes operate within the same autonomous system (AS3561) assigned to Cable & Wireless' IP infrastructure, to ensure seamless delivery around the globe - a first for the industry. "This infrastructure gives Cable & Wireless a unique global capability," said Andy MacLeod, executive vice president, Global Network Operations at Cable & Wireless. "Its seamless design - the only one in the industry - enables us to deliver our customers' data quickly and reliably throughout the world and provide the capability for next-generation IP services, with guaranteed service levels." The newest nodes to go live are: · In Europe - the UK (London - 2 nodes, and Swindon), Spain (Madrid - 2 nodes, and Barcelona); Sweden (Stockholm); Norway (Oslo); Finland (Helsinki); Denmark (Copenhagen); Switzerland (Geneva and Zurich); Belgium (Brussels- 2 nodes); Netherlands (Amsterdam); Germany (Dusseldorf and Frankfurt); Italy (Milan); France (Paris - 2 nodes). The major European connections are at multiples of 2.4 Gbit/s (STM-16) with additional node connections at multiples of 155 Mbit/s (STM-1). · In the US - Anaheim; Atlanta; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Kansas City; Nashville; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Raleigh; Reston; Salt Lake City; Santa Clara; and Seattle. Each node has multiple 2.4 Gbit/s (OC-48c) connections. With the new nodes, Cable & Wireless delivers to its customers: · Quality of service consistent with those for its US customers. For speed, capacity and reliability, Cable & Wireless' performance is consistently ranked among the best in the world by independent monitors (MIQ Ratings, www.ratings.miq.net). · Additional capacity to keep the network congestion-free and ensure adequate scale for ISPs and telcos. · High speed, high quality access to sophisticated content and services. Cable & Wireless now operates a network with a capacity 6.5 times greater than that of the original IP network acquired from MCI. Phase three of the global IP infrastructure build programme, to be completed in 2001, is already underway and will bring the total number of nodes incorporated within the AS3561 backbone to 84: · In Europe and the US - connection to a further 30 nodes, including the integration of Cable & Wireless' acquired European IP businesses. Network capacity will grow to multiples of 9.6 Gbit/s (OC-192) on the pan European and US backbone. · In Japan - connections to an additional node in Osaka plus a further four nodes are planned later in the year plus points-of-presence in 80 cities throughout all 47 prefectures. In addition to carrying customers' data traffic, this infrastructure will also carry all the Cable & Wireless voice traffic. Cable & Wireless has embarked upon the industry's largest global Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) programme that will see the transformation of its legacy switched network into a fully operational VoIP network over the next three years. The programme will bring together voice, data and IP applications onto a single network, making possible an entirely new range of fully integrated end-to-end applications for Cable & Wireless' business customers. Cable & Wireless' global IP infrastructure also provides the network between its global Internet Solutions Centres in the US (Reston and Santa Clara); UK (Swindon); Germany (Munich); and Spain (Barcelona). These major centres featuring a portfolio of web hosting services from co-location to fully managed dedicated hosting solutions. Cable & Wireless is also building smaller centres designed to the same global standard but more tuned to local market requirements. Notes to the editor Cable & Wireless Nodes connected to AS3561: Phase One - May 2000 Global - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Frankfurt, Germany - London, UK - Miami, USA - New York, USA - Paris, France - San Francisco, USA - Santa Clara (LA), USA - Sydney, Australia - Tokyo, Japan - Washington, USA Phase two - December 2000 Europe and Asia Pacific - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Brussels, Belgium (2 nodes) - Barcelona, Spain - Copenhagen, Denmark - Dusseldorf, Germany - Frankfurt, Germany - Geneva, Switzerland - Helsinki, Finland - London, UK (2 nodes) - Madrid, Spain (2 nodes) - Milan, Italy - Oslo, Norway - Paris, France (2 nodes) - Stockholm, Sweden - Swindon, UK - Zurich, Switzerland USA - Anaheim - Atlanta - Boston - Chicago - Cincinnati - Cleveland - Dallas - Denver - Houston - Kansas City - Nashville - Minneapolis - Philadelphia - Phoenix - Raleigh - Reston - Salt Lake - Seattle About Cable & Wireless Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over £9 billion (US$14 billion) in the year to 31 March 2000 and customers in 70 countries. Its operations around the world offer a full range of telecommunications services. Cable & Wireless' focus for future growth is on IP (Internet Protocol) and data services and solutions for business customers. It is developing advanced IP networks and value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in support of this strategy. With the capability of its global IP infrastructure and its strength in key markets, Cable & Wireless holds a unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business customers. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to http://www.cw.com Cable & Wireless and the Globe Device are registered trademarks of Cable and Wireless plc. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.