Initially the capacity will be 2.5 gigabits per second,
increasing to 10 gigabits per second in late 2000.
However, new multiplexing technology will deliver a 40-fold
increase in bandwidth per fibre pair, yielding up to
100 gigabits-per-second by splitting the light into
separate colour spectra.
GTS (GTS) will add points of presence (POPs) in major European cities as part of the agreement. The new POPs will allow chello to offer wavelength connectivity directly into key Internet exchanges.
The two companies may also conduct joint research and development projects for video/audio multicasting over optical IP networks.
“chello broadband and GTS are working together to offer
subscribers unmatched speeds using the latest dense
wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology,” said
John Riordan, CEO of chello broadband.
“This advance will enable chello to provide advanced
services like full screen video content applications to
many more subscribers bringing a myriad of new entertainment
and communication possibilities into the PCs in the home,”
added chello’s president and CFO Roger Lynch.
GTS, which provides businesses and carriers with broadband,
Internet/IP and voice services in 20 European countries,
will deliver the optical services to chello at Internet
Exchange points in London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris,
The new services will complement those already provided
by GTS to chello’s AORTA backbone, extending it to Stockholm,
Oslo and Vienna. Another benefit is an anticipated
increase in Internet access speeds between Europe and
North America, because DWDM functionality will be included
on GTS’s planned trans-Atlantic FA-1 cable connecting
New York, Paris and London.