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Metromedia Fiber Network to Build First German Tier One Network

Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc. Monday announced it has filed for licensing with German regulatory authorities to construct a high-speed, high-bandwidth intra-city fiber network in Frankfurt.

The company will construct a German national telecommunications network covering key centers of business, finance, government and trade.

Metromedia's German subsidiary, Metromedia Fiber Network GmbH, plans an initial build of approximately 32,400 fiber kilometers. The project will and extend the reach of the company's previously announced German national ring into the local German telecommunications loop.

The Frankfurt network will be the MFN's first intra-city network in a European tier one market and will enable the company to provide various types of high-bandwidth communication services to the banking and brokerage center of Germany.

"Europe is the world's second largest economy, estimated to account for more than $300 billion in telecom services and equipment. Germany, which is central to this community, remains a driving force in Europe's economy and has a government that is actively promoting alternative network infrastructure development," said Howard Finkelstein, Metromedia Fiber Network's president.

The MFN German network will connect the economic centers of Dortmund, Bremen, Essen, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Stuttgart as well as the cities of Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden, Leipzig, Nuremberg and Munich.

"By expanding to Frankfurt, Metromedia Fiber Network is establishing the necessary foothold for continuing our expansion to new markets and enhancing our position as the company that is eliminating the bandwidth barrier for the largest users of communications services within the local metropolitan area network."

The network will contain supertrunks of up to 432 individual strands of fiber, significantly more capacity than Europe's older copper-based networks.

The MFN German network will be capable of supporting Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM), Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH), gigabit Ethernet, Escon and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technologies.

"Service providers, corporations and governments that plan on deploying advanced data, video and multimedia applications over the existing copper infrastructure will be in for a few surprises as a result of the technical limitations presented by these legacy networks.

"Metromedia Fiber Network is constructing an alternative, 100 percent fiber-based infrastructure that delivers the bandwidth, speed and capacity needed to ensure the successful transmission of these new and advanced services," Finkelstein said.