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iaxis Launches Internet Backbone With Juniper Technology

iaxis Launches Internet Backbone With Juniper Technology iaxis Friday launched its broadband Internet backbone-based solely on state-of-the-art Juniper M40 routers.

The network, branded iaxiscore, will enable U.S. Net service providers and application service providers to connect with European ISPs. U.S. companies using iaxiscore will be able to provide European consumers high-speed Internet access, enhanced screen graphics and improved video and voice quality.

iaxiscore costs over $30 million to develop and will be available in over 20 cities by the end of the first quarter 2000.

Designed and installed by systems integrator, K-NET, iaxiscore allows access speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps (gigabytes per second). Layered atop iaxis' fiber optic cable network, iaxiscore simplifies and accelerates the routing of European traffic. Currently, about half of all European traffic is routed through the United States. With iaxiscore, it can be routed within Europe, which means European consumers will access sites in less than half the time.

"We believe our market positioning is unique among Internet backbone providers. Up until now ISPs had little choice but to buy Internet backbone from companies who also competed against them at the retail level," says Ray Dutton, chairman of iaxis.

"The need for speed is acute among ISPs. After all, the most frustrating thing for their customers is a slow connection to the Internet. This is what leads to the horrific customer churn rates ISPs experience," said Mike Woodman, Internet Business Development Director at iaxis. "iaxiscore is what the Internet industry has been waiting for, an ultra-fast all-Juniper Internet backbone with the kind of price tailoring agreeable to any finance director."

iaxiscore complements other services that simplify European operations for U.S. companies. For example, iaxis has formed a joint venture with the Carlyle Group, a U.S. investment firm, to develop a global network of so-called carrier hotels. The 11 facilities, ranging in size from 100,000 to 500,000 square feet, will be built throughout Europe. iaxis is also exploring opportunities to build carrier hotels in the U.S.