WorldCom will launch a new network integration and services arm to its business at the Networks 98 show this week.
The division is called WorldCom Advanced Networks (WAN), and incorporates CompuServe Network Services (CNS), ANS Communications and Gridnet, acquired by WorldCom in February this year.
CNS, ANS and Gridnet will form the network systems integration side of WAN, offering hosted applications and consultancy.
Mark Weeks, head of corporate communications at WorldCom, said: "Our customers are large firms with business critical applications.
"All CNS and ANS customers will continue to get the service and support they are used to, but now they have the choice to use an integrated ISP (UUNet) and WorldCom's expertise as a global backbone infrastructure provider."
He added: "It will be their choice to switch to UUNet and WorldCom services but we believe the natural crossovers between the three areas of the business will combine to make an attractive package for any business."
Weeks refused to comment on how the new division might be affected by the ongoing MCI/WorldCom merger.
The European Commission has recently indicated it may prevent the deal going ahead until WorldCom divests more of its Internet assets.
MCI sold its Internet business to Cable & Wireless last month for #383 million, hoping this would be enough for the merger to go ahead. If the company is forced to sell UUNet too, WAN would be missing a key piece of its service.
WAN will offer dial-up access of 300 to 56,000Kbps, ISDN, frame relay, X.25 and IP connectivity for corporate intranets and the Internet.
Web hosting services provided by this newly created division incorporate hardware, software management, staging and production servers, back-up, domain name registration, toll-free telephone support and statistical data access.
"Products from Lotus, Microsoft and Netscape enable virtual workgroups to communicate via WAN hosting services," said Weeks. "These include server configuration, maintenance, replication, network access, end-user billing and support."
The two main technologies that WorldCom acquired from CNS and ANS are transaction and hosting services. With these, WAN will carry more than 1.5 billion transactions annually. VISANet is its biggest transaction services customer.
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