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SAVVIS Acquires Pacific Northwest ISP

SAVVIS Communications announced today it acquired Seattle-based Internet access provider Interconnected Associates (IXA).

The acquisition reflects SAVVIS's strategy to expand its services nationwide. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

IXA is a business-oriented service provider in the Seattle-Portland, OR region, offering Internet access at speeds ranging from Fractional T-1 (128 Kbps) to T-3 (45 Mbps). Amazon.com, Cybermeals.com, and Infospace.com are among IXA's list of 200 customers.

SAVVIS, ranked as having the fastest Internet backbone according to the latest Keynote Systems/Boardwatch survey (see related InternetNews.com coverage), reports the addition of Seattle and Portland expands its network to include eight Private Network Access Points (NAPs) and Points of Presence (POPs) in 11 cities nationwide.

SAVVIS currently provides services to companies such as CDnow, PointCast Inc., Apple Computer, and Omron Electronics.

"We have quadrupled our sales force in the past six months," said M.C. "Sam" Sanderson, president and chief executive officer at SAVVIS Communications, "and we will double it again in 1998. Seattle and Portland mark the beginning of this growth."

SAVVIS reports IXA co-founders Jeff Sterling and Mike Brownstein will join the company and continue to be responsible for the Seattle-Portland region. Sterling was named Vice President and Regional Sales Manager, Northwest region; Brownstein will become Vice President and Northwest Region Operations Manager.

According to SAVVIS, IXA should be completely integrated into its network and operating systems within 90 days.