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CityReach to Deploy Cidera Services in Europe

[London, ENGLAND] Internet broadcast backbone Cidera, Inc. is set to expand its European operations, following an agreement signed this week with co-location specialist CityReach International.

CityReach will deploy Cidera Usenet News Service and Cidera Cache Turbocharging at all of its Secure Internet eXchanges (SiX) which are being built in Europe. U.K-based CityReach is building 10 sites this year and 12 more in 2001.

CityReach's SiX facilities will now get the news delivered every day -- namely a full Usenet News feed of more 65,000 newsgroups. The file currently weighs in at a hefty 120 gigabytes, delivered at speeds of 12 to 15 Mbps.

Receiving the service initially will be CityReach SiX facilities in Amsterdam, Dublin, London and Budapest. A few months later, centers in Stockholm, Brussels, Paris, Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich will follow.

Cidera Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bob Marggraf said it was the largest co-location agreement to date for Cidera.

Ralph O'Dell, CityReach International's chief operating officer, said CityReach particularly valued Cidera's fast setup for high-penetration satellite broadband access, which will be available at all of the Secure Internet Exchanges.

Cidera is increasingly looking overseas to expand its operations. It already serves over 400 Points of Presence (POPs) in North America, Europe and Asia.