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Metromedia Fiber Network To Expand In Europe

Metromedia Fiber Network Wednesday announced that it plans to build extensive, high-density fibre optic networks in London and Amsterdam.

In the London metropolitan area, Metromedia will deploy over 32,400 fibre kilometres covering 75 route kilometres, while in Amsterdam it will put 34,560 fibre kilometres over 80 route kilometres. The two installations will bring Metromedia's total in Europe to 166,320 fibre kilometres.

"The data communications and Internet market in Europe is expected to double by the year 2002," said Howard Finkelstein, president of Metromedia Fiber Network. "London and Amsterdam, the newest elements of our international expansion strategy, enable us to capture an increasing portion of this market."

Metromedia's approach is to use a "meshed" network architecture of overlapping grids, placing massive amounts of fibre into busy commercial centres. In this way, it can access any building by several diverse paths.

"Our networks are a real market differentiator for us, providing an ideal optical switching platform for customers," claimed Vincent Galluccio, senior vice president and managing director for Metromedia Fiber Network International.

Metromedia's infrastructure spans major centres of business, finance and trade in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands. Recently, it announced a German ring connecting the cities of Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Cologne.



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