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chello, GTS Ink Broadband Deal

High-speed Internet provider chello broadband Monday announced a deal with Global Telesystems that will dramatically increase chello's broadband capacity in Europe.

Initially the capacity will be 2.5 gigabits per second, increasing to 10 gigabits per second in late 2000. However, new multiplexing technology will deliver a 40-fold increase in bandwidth per fibre pair, yielding up to 100 gigabits-per-second by splitting the light into separate colour spectra.

GTS (GTS) will add points of presence (POPs) in major European cities as part of the agreement. The new POPs will allow chello to offer wavelength connectivity directly into key Internet exchanges.

The two companies may also conduct joint research and development projects for video/audio multicasting over optical IP networks.

"chello broadband and GTS are working together to offer subscribers unmatched speeds using the latest dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology," said John Riordan, CEO of chello broadband.

"This advance will enable chello to provide advanced services like full screen video content applications to many more subscribers bringing a myriad of new entertainment and communication possibilities into the PCs in the home," added chello's president and CFO Roger Lynch.

GTS, which provides businesses and carriers with broadband, Internet/IP and voice services in 20 European countries, will deliver the optical services to chello at Internet Exchange points in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris, and Brussels.

The new services will complement those already provided by GTS to chello's AORTA backbone, extending it to Stockholm, Oslo and Vienna. Another benefit is an anticipated increase in Internet access speeds between Europe and North America, because DWDM functionality will be included on GTS's planned trans-Atlantic FA-1 cable connecting New York, Paris and London.