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Global Crossing's Pan European Net Adds Spain, Scandinavia

Fiber optic operator Global Crossing announced Monday that it has extended its pan-European network to Spain and Scandinavia.

The extension takes in five new cities in Spain, including Madrid and Barcelona, and three new cities in Scandinavia, including Stockholm and Oslo. The additions take Global Crossing's European network to a total of over 40 commercial centers, representing an investment of around $3 billion.

Wim Huisman, president of Global Crossing's European operations, said Monday's announcement was a major step in the development of a seamless global network connecting Europe with the United States, Asia and Latin America via undersea cables.

"We are now bringing to Spain and Scandinavia not only world class connectivity, but also high-speed and ultra-reliable communications services that will continue to enable our customers to conduct their business on a truly global scale," said Huisman.

The statistics of Global Crossing's European network are becoming almost astronomical, with the company having laid over a million kilometers of actual fiber over a 23,000 kilometer route.

Cities where European businesses can connect to the Global Crossing IP-based fiber system include London, Paris, Strasbourg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Brussels, Hamburg, Hannover, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt and Copenhagen.

This year, Global Crossing is conducting Phase II of its European build, with connections to Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Nuremburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Lyon, Marseilles, Bordeaux, Turin, Milan, Zurich -- all in addition to those announced this week.

The Spanish and Scandinavian networks are using 80-channel WaveStar dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems supplied by Lucent Technologies.

The total number of route miles announced to date by Global Crossing is 97,200 miles worldwide in 24 countries, connecting 200 major cities.