UUNet, the company that owns UK Internet service provider Pipex, has unveiled plans to more than double its existing bandwidth to the US through the deployment of at least 45Mbps of additional transatlantic capacity by the end of 1996. This will raise UUNet's transatlantic capacity to over 90Mbps.
However, even before the additional bandwidth comes into service, UUNet?s global backbone already supports 90Mbps of aggregate trans-oceanic capacity, including the company's existing 45Mbps link between the US and Europe. The UUNet network provides direct connections to more than 140 ISPs in over 50 countries.
The extra bandwidth will be provided by US telecommunications provider MFS, which in August of this year merged with UUNet in a deal worth $2 billion. MFS is also building the European infrastructure for UUNet's fully meshed network of European superhubs. Points of presence for connection to the superhubs will be co-located in MFS facilities in Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Stockholm and Zurich. MFS will provide the multi-megabit links between these nodes with international capacity leased from Europe's patchwork of PTOs managed end-to-end by MFS. The nodes and interconnecting capacity will be rolled out through Q4 1996.
UUNet's global backbone infrastructure offers business customers and other Internet service providers access to high-speed, meshed (which means no single point of failure) Internet backbones in both Europe and Asia and direct connectivity between the two continents. Business will benefit from significant improvements in Internet performance and reliability when compared with existing alternatives.
"Our announcement puts even more clear water between UUNet Pipex and our competitors," said Chris Batterham, managing director. "There are three main components required to provide high-quality global Internet services: a high-speed, redundant backbone within each geographic region; direct connectivity between Europe, the USA and Asia; and high-capacity links between these regions. We have established a strong leadership position in each of these areas."
The UUNet backbone mesh architecture uses fully redundant backbone links and diverse fibre paths, giving customers a more robust alternative than the former single leased circuit approach.
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