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

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.

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