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GTS Broadens European Reach

European broadband service provider Global TeleSystems Monday introduced dedicated Internet access in 10 European countries.

Global TeleSystem's (GTS) broadband enabled Internet access is available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Hungary.

GTS plans to extend their service offering to seven other countries by the end of 2000, including the Netherlands, Sweden, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Italy and Denmark.

The high-speed service is built on the back of GTS's "Ebone" network, one of the largest Tier-1 Internet backbones in Europe.

H. Brian Thompson, GTS chairman and chief executive officer, said GTS is already recognized as a leading Central European carrier, extending its reach to Western Europe is an integral part of their e-commerce service expansion plan.

"GTS is recognized as the Internet platform of Europe for carriers and ISPs. We are extending that end-to-end service and quality advantage to more and more businesses, particularly those with pan-European needs," Thompson said.

According to Thompson the European e-commerce market is projected to exceed US $1.5 trillion by 2004.

"The opportunity to expand that position further into Western Europe is enormous," Thompson added. "We intend to be a major provider of these services."

GTS provides borderless Internet access throughout Europe, offering e-commerce service and carrier services in 20 European countries. GTS utilizes dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology to operate its network spanning more than 132,000 "wavelength" kilometers.