Global Crossing To Pay $1.65 Billion for Racal Telecom

Global Crossing,
which is
building a worldwide IP-based fibre optic network, has reached an agreement
to acquire Racal Telecom
for £1 billion ($1.65 billion) in cash.


The acquisition is intended to strengthen Global Crossing’s business in
Europe, especially in the UK, adding the very extensive IP-capabilities of
Racal
Telecom to complement Global Crossing’s worldwide reach.


“Racal Telecom’s extensive network adds to Global Crossing’s existing
UK operations and soon to be completed pan-European network, and represents
an exceptional opportunity to accelerate our development of the world’s
first
global independent telecommunications company,” said Bob Annunziata, CEO of
Global Crossing.


“The customer-focused business and skilled workforce that Racal Telecom
provides will create a platform for us in Europe from which we can offer
businesses the full benefits of Global Crossing’s worldwide operations.”


Racal Telecom brings a secure network of 7,300 route kilometres of fibre
laid alongside railway lines, reaching more than 2,000 cities and towns
across the UK. It has 20 ATM data switches, 4 AXE-10 voice switches, a
frame relay network across Europe and the largest X25 network in the UK.


“Racal has invested over £400 million in the past few years
to create the UK’s broadest IP-centric network in the UK,” said Lodwrick
Cook, KBE, co-chairman of Global Crossing.


“This network puts us close to the customer with the capabilities they
require. Our data-centric global network also positions us well to
provide the backbone for the new third-generation mobile operators,
soon to be licensed.”


The deal further strengthens Global Crossing’s increasing grip on the
world’s newest communications systems. The Bermuda-headquartered company
already operates the largest fleet of cable laying and maintenance vessels,
while its fibre optic network extends to 88,100 announced route miles
connecting five continents.

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