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European Project Will Deploy 8 Million Kilometres of Fibre

Optical fibre supplier Corning announced Wednesday that it will be supplying at least 80 per cent of the eight million kilometres of NZ-DSF fibre required by the Interoute optical network in Europe.

Corning will supply its LEAF fibre, an advanced type of non-zero dispersion-shifted optical fibre (NZ-DSF) to i-21 Future Communication, a subsidiary of Interoute Telecommunications. It will span a route of 20,900 kilometres, linking 70 European cities and 200 points of presence.

"We are building Europe's largest fibre-optic network, and as a result we required the most advanced fibre technology available today to accommodate our tremendous bandwidth requirements," said Ohad Finkelstein, chairman and chief executive officer for Interoute.

Interoute intends its network to be operational by May 2000 -- and 90 per cent complete by the end of that year. Its architecture will consist of in-country rings, linked together as a seamless network.

The bandwidth of the i-21 network will be in excess of one petabit -- which is not a word often heard in today's IP industry. One petabit equals 1000 terabits of traffic per second.

More information about Corning's optical fibre products can be found at: www.corningfiber.com.