Announces Planned Quadrupling of GTS
Ebone to 10 Gbps
That platform includes the largest pan-European fiber optic network, our GTS
Ebone Internet backbone, and now our hosting and co-location facilities across Europe.
Our alliance with GTS
will help introduce converged voice and data services in Europe's explosive marketplace.
Ebone is an STM-16/OC-48 optical "layer" on GTS
's 17,500-kilometer trans-European network.
contract is a big win for CIENA and reinforces its strong position in the European market," said Stephane Teral, RHK's analyst covering European telecom markets.
Web hosting centers will provide server co-location, dedicated and shared Web hosting, transit and e-commerce services to customers.
is the main bandwidth supplier for chello's European broadband network, AORTA(TM), which provides the backbone for chello's broadband Internet service as well as other UPC services.
Winner of the prestigious World Communications Award for Best Wholesale Carrier in October 1999, GTS
operates the first and currently most extensive trans-European broadband fiber network, having points of presence (PoPs) in more than 50 European cities and stretching across more than 16,000 route kilometers.
As a result, for a smaller capital commitment than previously planned, GTS
will have a 50 percent interest in a venture that has nearly doubled in size and will also receive significantly more capacity for its own use than the original project plan would have provided, at a unit cost reduced by more than 50 percent.
Gerard Caccappolo, president of GTS
Carrier Services, commented: "The nature of Internet traffic in Europe is changing with a fast growth of real-time audio, streaming video and webcam usage.
Commenting on the launch of the data and web hosting centers, Amit Pau, president of GTS
IP Services, said: "These centers add significant additional value to our IP business.
The combination of GTS
and Esprit Telecom will assist both companies in their mutual goals of becoming the pre-eminent providers of carriers~ carrier and business communications services throughout Europe.