Uunet has announced a major upgrade to its European network in a bid to keep ahead of the region's increasing demand for bandwidth.
Using multi protocol label switching (MPLS) technology - the equivalent of OC-48c speeds in the US at 2.488Gbps - Uunet has increased the bandwidth and capacity between London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam by 16 times the current levels.
Kevin Boyne, senior vice president of global operations at Uunet, explained that by upgrading network using a next generation technology such as MPLS, it can deliver a better consistent level of service in Europe where there is growing demand for capacity.
"By putting the capacity in place it enables creativity and development on the Internet. We are investing $3 million to $5 million a day on the Uunet network, moving us further ahead of the demand curve," he said.
Uunet said the upgrades in the first three cities will be complete by the end of September 1999, while additional expansion of the MPLS technology will be rolled out in Paris and Brussels in the fourth quarter.
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