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Global Crossing Completes Scandinavian Ring

[London, ENGLAND] IP-based fiber optic network builder Global Crossing has announced the completion of its Scandinavian ring connecting Denmark, Sweden and Norway to Europe, North and South America and Asia.

The 2,150 route kilometer ring is the first of its kind to link these countries together. It will significantly speed communications between the Nordic region and the rest of the world.

Carl Grivner, chief executive for Global Crossing EMEA, said the opening of the Nordic ring is a major step towards early completion of Europe's biggest broadband platform.

"The next priority is to build on our existing city networks in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam and Milan by expanding into Brussels, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Berlin, Hamburg, Madrid and Zurich over the course of 2001," said Grivner.

Global Crossing has been making rapid progress with its massive European project, having recently opened its so-called Southern ring two months ahead of schedule. The Southern ring connects Zurich, Milan, Turin, Marseilles and Lyon, completing the loop through Paris and Strasbourg.

A dramatic increase in the connectivity between Scandinavia and the rest of the world could add substantially to international Internet traffic. Scandinavians are among the most sophisticated and frequent users of the Internet -- and they are constantly demanding faster access.

As a consequence there is a high demand for secure access to broadband communication capacity in Scandinavia, a demand that will quickly take up some of the initial capacity of the new network. Global Crossing's ring, with its 48 G.655 fibers, will operate at 10 Gbit/s, providing capacity for handling nearly 5 million simultaneous telephone calls per fiber pair.

One of Global Crossing's last phases in Europe will be commissioning the Spanish ring, intended to connect Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilboa with the rest of Europe.

By mid-2001, the whole Global Crossing network will stretch 100,000 route miles across five continents, 27 countries, and more than 200 major cities.