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CompleTel Doubles European Tier One IP Network

[London, ENGLAND] CompleTel Europe N.V. has effectively doubled the size of its European Tier One IP Network by deploying an additional 4,068 kilometers of leased fiber optic network capacity.

The additional capacity completes the international connections of CompleTel's networks in France, Germany and the U.K., while linking its existing metropolitan area networks in France and Germany.

The expansion comes as the result of two deals signed by CompleTel with network operators Global Crossing and KPNQwest.

A leasing contract with Global Crossing gives CompleTel use of a 2,620 kilometer network loop connecting Berlin, Essen, Munich, Nuremberg and CompleTel's peering activities in Frankfurt. A similar contract with KPNQwest leases a 1,448 kilometer ring linking Frankfurt, London and Paris.

William H.Pearson, chief executive and president of CompleTel Europe, said that with the new contracts his company would be able to increase market presence without needing additional capital investment.

"The availability of highly competitive pan-European carriers allows us to significantly reduce costs and improve the quality and capacity of our end-to-end IP services," said Pearson.

Founded in 1998 and registered in the Netherlands, CompleTel Europe is deploying metropolitan fiber-optic networks in 17 markets in France and Germany. Its European Tier One IP network in France uses 2,263 kilometers of leased fiber optic capacity, connecting metropolitan area networks in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Lille, Grenoble, Toulouse, and Nice.

The new capacity announced this week brings CompleTel's network to a total of 7,378 kilometers in Europe.