Metromedia Fiber Network To Expand In Europe

Metromedia Fiber Network Wednesday announced that it plans to build extensive, high-density fibre optic networks in London and Amsterdam.

In the London metropolitan area, Metromedia will deploy over 32,400 fibre kilometres covering 75 route kilometres, while in Amsterdam it will put 34,560 fibre kilometres over 80 route kilometres. The two installations will bring Metromedia’s total in Europe to 166,320 fibre kilometres.

“The data communications and Internet market in Europe is expected to
double by the year 2002,” said Howard Finkelstein, president of
Metromedia Fiber Network. “London and Amsterdam, the newest elements
of our international expansion strategy, enable us to capture an
increasing portion of this market.”

Metromedia’s approach is to use a “meshed” network architecture
of overlapping grids, placing massive amounts of fibre into busy
commercial centres. In this way, it can access any building by
several diverse paths.

“Our networks are a real market differentiator for us, providing
an ideal optical switching platform for customers,” claimed
Vincent Galluccio, senior vice president and managing director for
Metromedia Fiber Network International.

Metromedia’s infrastructure spans major centres of business,
finance and trade in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
Recently, it announced a German ring connecting the cities of
Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Cologne.

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