Worldcom is integrating its network with that of electronic data interchange provider GE Information Systems (GEIS).
A GEIS spokesperson said the deal will triple the company?s points of presence around the world and enable it to offer Web based EDI services in the future.
Around 58 networking engineers will transfer to Worldcom but GEIS will retain people with specialist applications expertise. It will take around 18 months to integrate the two networks.
Worldcom, along with 21 other telcos, already provides circuits to GEIS. Under this agreement GEIS will drop the other deals and consolidate them into Worldcom.
GEIS currently manages 750 direct access points in 42 countries.
Said the GEIS spokeperson: ?This positions us strongly for Web commerce and newer types of commerce such as using voice and video over Intranets and Extranets. Worldcom will also give us greater global reach.?
Worldcom will provide the transport element from the firewall surrounding GEIS? four data centres in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and the US, to the customer end point. GEIS will continue to manage the network within its data centre and will still manage customer relationships.
The spokesperson said GEIS was not worried by the uncertainty of Worldcom?s merger with MCI. He said GEIS evaluated their relationship based on Worldcom on its own rather than as a merged organisation, and that the addition of MCI?s network would be a ?bonus?.
A spokesperson for Worldcom said the prospect of a Worldcom network expanded by GEIS backbone would not present problems to US and European authorities currently investigating its merger with MCI.
The deal gives GEIS dial-up points in 658 cities around the world and 104 frame relay sites. For Worldcom this will pump up its data network service by hundreds of millions of electronic commerce transactions.
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