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Gemini Transatlantic Network Is Online Ahead Of Schedule

Gemini, the world's first transatlantic network, designed to carry Internet, multimedia, and voice services on a city-to-city basis, is now online.

The 60 gigabit-per-second network has been completed ahead of schedule by Gemini Submarine Cable System Ltd., a joint venture of Cable & Wireless and WorldCom.

In a statement, the company said that its huge capacity "is ready to meet the explosive demand for bandwidth intensive services at a time when the domestic online population either side of the Atlantic is set to rise from 40 million to 80 million this year."

One of the key benefits will be that companies setting up transnational intranets and extranets can feel confident that there is sufficient bandwidth to cope with anticipated growth. The partners in the venture say it is "a milestone in telecommunications development."

Cable and Wireless plc provides communications for 15 million customers in over 70 countries. WorldCom Inc. operates in more than 50 countries, providing fully integrated local, long distance, international, and Internet services.