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Cisco's European Network Gets Support from Ebone

[London, ENGLAND] Cisco, in the news this week for a rare failure to meet profit and revenue targets, announced Wednesday that Ebone will provide connectivity to support its European network services.

Ebone, a division of Global TeleSystems, Inc., has 1 terabit of capacity on its optical Internet backbone in Europe, and serves a quarter of all European Internet users.

Network equipment manufacturer Cisco says it will connect via the Amsterdam City Enterprise Network (CEN), a metropolitan fiber ring recently opened by Ebone. The ring provides major business centers in Amsterdam with broadband Internet access over 2.5 gigabits.

Leo McCloskey, Ebone's senior vice president, marketing, spoke of quality, reliability and reach as being three key factors that persuaded Cisco to sign with Ebone.

Patrick Braun, vice president, operations, at Cisco Systems EMEA, said Ebone's scalable, secure solution would enable Cisco to expand its IP connectivity with speed and reliability.

"With over 80 percent of Cisco sales being conducted over the Internet we recognize the need for a reliable service with which to expand our IP based technology business," said Braun.

Ebone's fiber network reaches nearly all major European cities, extending to approximately 20,000 kilometers. It connects to North America via a trans-Atlantic fiber pair owned by Ebone and expected to become operational in the first half of 2001 with an initial 80 Gbps of capacity.

It has been a rollercoaster week for Cisco, on Sunday judged the best employer in the U.K. by a leading newspaper, only to see its shares fall 10 percent on news that third quarter sales would be lower than expected.

The deal with Ebone will remind investors that Cisco has the capacity in Europe to cope with an up-turn in sales, if and when it comes.