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PSINet to Add Services, Build Backbone in Brazil

PSINet will be adding new services to its recently incorporated Brazilian ISPs by the end of 1999, and eventually intends to build a backbone in Brazil, according to Nadir Desai, president at PSINet for Canada and Latin America.

"We plan to incorporate PSINet backbone in every market we operate, and hope the local tech people understand our network configuration so that they are able to duplicate our structure in the region," said Desai. PSINet boasts the second largest global backbone.

In April, PSINet acquired Brazilian ISPs Horizontes Internet, from Minas Gerais State, and OpenLink, from Rio de Janeiro.

Desai explained that PSINet is very much interested in the Brazilian market and is still looking for ISPs with talented teams, a solid user base, financial health and leadership in the markets they serve.

"PSINet is committed to Internet growth in Brazil," says Desai. The PSINet president explained that the company plans to invest what is necessary to become a leader in the Brazilian market, which hosts the largest Latin American economy and has the region's highest Internet growth.