AT&T and its European partner Unisource Communications have outlined aggressive plans to corner the European corporate Internet/Intranet market. The pairing are upgrading their backbone and setting up an international broker service.
The partnership now has more than 150 POPs in 13 European countries and plans to double this by the middle of next year. AT&T spokesperson Joe Gerress said: ?We are targeting multinational corporations, ISPs, and other organisations.?
Gerress said the backbone infrastructure was being upgraded to handle IP traffic with 155Mbps ATM switching. Ultimately it will expand this to 622Mbps. The partners are using two fibre rings that circle western Europe and have five separate routes to northern America.
?Customers can be connected to the backbone at 64Kbps or up to 2Mbps at the moment. But we are hoping to be able to offer 34Mbps in early 1997,? Gerress said.
Meanwhile the two companies have launched a new international broker service, which will provide a non-switched voice-only product for the financial community. Product manager Lars Wallner said the turnkey service includes product management, engineering, installation and test for the whole circuit. The service uses compression algorithms at 16Kbps or 8Kbps to give high voice quality on digital or analogue phones.
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