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Carrier1 To Build Milan City Network

[London, ENGLAND] European telecoms and Internet service provider Carrier1 International S.A. announced Wednesday that it will build a 100-kilometer, high-capacity fiber network for the city of Milan in Italy.

Carrier1 said it hoped to complete the first phase of the project -- a 56-kilometer stretch -- within a year. This will enable interconnections between major data centers, carriers and access nodes to the Milan network, with consequent cost-savings for Carrier1's customers.

The agreement with the city of Milan follows similar projects in Amsterdam, Holland, where Carrier1 is building a 120-kilometer-long network, and in Paris, France, where it is constructing a 32-kilometer ring.

Sebastiano Galantucci, managing director of Carrier1 Italy, said that the Milan fiber-optic infrastructure would be a strategic asset for the whole community.

"As in the past, we will use only a part of the infrastructure for our own business objectives; the rest will be `swapped' with other providers for the use of similar assets in Milan or in other European cities," said Galantucci.

Carrier1 is developing many major telecom and IT centers through its DigiPlex joint venture. It plans to link them by building 20 city rings across Europe by the end of 2001.

Gene Rizzo, vice president of sales and marketing at Carrier1, said the market in Italy was growing rapidly and there were plenty of growth opportunities for both existing carriers and new entrants.

"Through the combination of our Milan city ring, our Milan Point of Presence (PoP), and a new PoP in Rome, we intend to develop mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships with Italian carriers all across Italy," said Rizzo.

Headquartered in Switzerland, Carrier1 is listed on the Neuer Markt in Frankfurt and on the NASDAQ in New York.