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PSINet Links Big Apple To Fiber Network

Independent Internet service provider PSINet Inc. Wednesday sped up service for its customers in the New York area, activating a recently-acquired fiber network.

The company had acquired the network, which spans from New York to Washington D.C., in May from Metromedia Fiber Network, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The New York strand operates at OC-48 speeds,or 2.4 gigabits per second. Activation of the rest of the network is set for the near future, the company said.

The New York fiber will anchor network capacity on several of PSINet's most trafficked data corridors and will also link to other critical PSINet fiber capacity currently being activated in the U.S. and abroad.

"Activating dark fiber allows us to provision our own capacity as we need it," said Ted Davis, senior vice president and president of the PSINetworks unit of PSINet Inc. "Upgrades to the capacity require only PSINet action--no telecommunication carriers, no lead times, no constraints. We have freedom of action, increased responsiveness, better quality, and lower operating costs for each unit of bandwidth activated."

PSINet's network spans the United States, as well as Canada, Japan, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Africa, Hong Kong, Germany and the UK.