KPNQwest, the joint venture between US carrier Qwest and Dutch operator KPN, plans to extend its ambitious pan European IP network to north America by April.
Last week the venture completed the first of six European rings and is now providing services to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris, Rotterdam and Strasbourg.
The ring spans 1,486 miles enabling the carrier to offer IP and broadband services across Europe. The venture is now working on linking the network to Qwest's 18,500 mile fibre optic network in the US.
By 2002, KPNQwest expects to have five additional rings connecting up to 40 European cities. The network, based on bidirectional self healing rings, will boast transmission capacities of two terabytes per second, according to company chiefs.
The KPNQwest joint venture was announced in November and is expected to generate revenues of around $400 million this year, and grow by 40 per cent annually thereafter.
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