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Asia Global Crossing, China Netcom Team On Telecom Services

Planning long ahead for the surge in traffic that will surely result when China gains entry to the WTO and prepares for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China Netcom Corp. (CNC) Friday bought four 2.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps) wavelengths from Asia Global Crossing to connect Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Bu the deal, for which financial terms have not been disclosed, works well for both sides. The Internet service provider, which will fatten its infrastructure significantly with the play, also inked a pact with Asia Global Crossing to interconnect 2.5 Gbps of capacity with CNC's domestic network -- CNCNet.

This will allow Asia Global Crossing to connect its customers to the major business centers of China, ensuring that its suite of data services, including International Private Line Circuits (IPLC) and IP Transit, as well as last-mile provisioning, will be available to Asia Global Crossing customers that need access to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

"China Netcom was founded to deploy a fiber optic, next-generation infrastructure throughout China, and, as a broadband data services provider, it will benefit from the international connectivity Asia Global Crossing will provide," said John Legere, president and chief executive officer of Asia Global Crossing.

Asia Global Crossing, a public company whose largest shareholders include Global Crossing, and Microsoft, provides the Asia Pacific region with a full range of integrated telecommunications and IP services.