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MCI Worldcom Upgrades UUNET in Europe

MCI Worldcom has announced that it is upgrading its UUNET network in Europe by deploying Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology.

The upgrade to UUNET will increase its bandwidth and capacity up to 16 times the current levels between key European cities, with the initial phase being completed in the third quarter of 1999. Upgraded links between additional cities will be added in the fourth quarter.

"Demand for higher speed and higher capacity Internet technologies has skyrocketed throughout the world in the last year," said Mark Spagnolo, president and CEO of UUNET.

"This announcement demonstrates our global commitment to deploy the technologies that will significantly impact the evolution of the Internet and meet the growing needs of our customers throughout the world."

The use of MPLS will support an easy migration path to optical internetworking, says UUNET, which plans ultimately to increase its network to 10 gigabits per second (OC-192c, or STM-64) speeds and higher.

Eight circuits in London, Frankfurt and Amsterdam are currently being upgraded, with completion scheduled for September. STM-16 and MPLS technology will be deployed in Paris and Brussels in the fourth quarter.

UUNET has featured prominently in UK news recently with the launch of services for Manchester United Football Club, and, this week, the launch of the ISP for Hemmington Scott.