North American Internet Service Provider (ISP) PSInet has outlined its ambitious plan to be a 'super carrier' by offering services from 15 countries and across four continents.
The ISP said it plans to build 21 global hosting facilities by the end of next year, supported by 100 sales personnel and 2500 resellers and systems integrators.
For transatlantic traffic PSInet plans to acquire two diversely routed fibre pairs on the FA-1 cable system that will eventually offer a capacity of 800Gbps. The route will be composed of 10 segments connecting New York, Paris and London and is scheduled to be up and running in the first quarter of 2001.
The company will also boost its Latin American network with the purchase of satellite transponder and earth station equipment from Loral Orion. This will enable PSInet to reallocate capacity to other regions such as Eastern Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa as the company expands into these markets.
PSInet has also filed for a licence in Hong Kong for the right to terminate a 320Gbps submarine cable system connecting Hong Kong and Japan. PSInet owns a 20 per cent interest in the submarine cable consortium and the network is expected to go live in 2001.
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