UK Internet service provider Easynet has invested $10 million in a transatlantic line that will improve capacity for Net traffic and kick off the launch of its voice telephone service next year.
The upgrade will provide a tenfold increase in available bandwidth, improving connections between the UK and the rest of the globe, explained Easynet.
Easynet is now a fully fledged telecomms provider. Currently, if users dial into Easynet they go through the company?s own telephone switch. The company plans to expand this to provide full voice services across the UK next year, David Rowe, chairman and CEO of Easynet told 'Newswire'.
The company has traditionally targeted business customers, but with the launch of a telephone service it will also now heavily focus on consumers, Rowe confirmed.
?The main purpose of buying the line was that we have reached a point where we had to go to the next level and it will make things a lot faster,? said Rowe. ?It will also help out with our planned voice services." Around 60 per cent of Easynet?s traffic is now to the US.
Easynet currently has around 6,000 business users and around 55,000 consumers. With Internet users in Europe alone expected to hit 35 million by 2000, Easynet is expecting these figures to swell fast.
Easynet purchased the line from Bermuda based Atlantic Crossing (see Newswire 25 November) for 25 years. This will dramatically reduce the ISP?s costs as the lines are usually secured on a one-year rolling lease basis.
Easynet said that the new line will come into operation early next year, when the Internet service provider also plans to push Net speed across London to 622Mbps.
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