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MCI WorldCom Debuts Web-Based Tool for ISPs

MCI WorldCom today introduced a Web-based tool, PeerMaker, aimed at allowing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to easily establish peering relationships at the major access points on the Internet network and improving Internet traffic flow.

MCI WorldCom said PeerMaker enables Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) customers to provision Permanent Virtual Circuits (PVCs) in near real time at MCI WorldCom's Metropolitan Area Exchange (MAE) sites in Vienna, VA; Dallas, TX; and San Jose, CA.

The company plans to offer PeerMaker for free to ISP customers, which will enable them to dynamically increase or decrease bandwidth, providing for increased bandwidth management and offer better end-user Internet performance.

PeerMaker allows MAE ATM clients to setup, reconfigure, or delete PVCs through a secure Web interface in near real-time. Port speeds are available in 45 Mbps, 155 Mbps and 622 Mbps, enabling customers to provision PVCs up to their subscribed port bandwidth.

To guard against the possibility of over-subscribing a port, PeerMaker is designed to automatically survey a customer's port capacity and the capacity of the destination port, such as the customer's peering partners, before building the PVC.

The automated service allows ISP customers to provision PVCs easily and quickly. An ISP customer logs onto a secure Web site and fills out a request detailing the bandwidth for a specific destination. When the customer's peering partner agrees to the changed bandwidth, the PVC is changed immediately.

MCI WorldCom said PeerMaker is the first of several Internet-related services it plans to launch during the coming months.