France Telecom to Build Advanced North American Transmission Backbone Network.PARIS Paris, in Greek mythology
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France Telecom today announced plans to build a 15,000-mile transmission backbone network to connect 28 major cities in North America. This network will be connected to France Telecom's pan-European backbone network, opened in October 1999. Global One, France Telecom's wholly-owned subsidiary, will use this transmission backbone network to further enhance the global IP, data and voice services it provides to multinational customers.
The seamless, self-healing backbone, scheduled for completion by the end of 2001, will have up to 1.6 Tbps. of capacity to support all types of traffic, including Internet, data, voice, and multi-media. France Telecom plans to invest about US$ 200 million to build the 28-city network and to provide high-quality, end-to-end services in North America through Global One, a member of the France Telecom group. Interconnected with the world's major submarine cables, it will provide global coverage and will complement France Telecom's pan-European backbone network.
The network will meet the needs of the entire France Telecom group, especially for capacity for the fast-growing IP traffic between the U.S. and Europe. It gives France Telecom a fully-owned infrastructure in North America over which the major multinational customers of Global One will be offered a wide portfolio of Internet, data, and voice services, as well as hosting centers. Global One holds a facilities-based operator's license in the U.S. and plans to open sales offices in 12 major U.S. cities by the end of this year.
Entirely financed by France Telecom, the North American backbone network is an important addition to the company's broad array of interconnected worldwide networks. It consolidates the group's position as a major player in the global carrier market and the leadership of Global One as a provider of innovative solutions for multinational customers.
The network is highly scalable and will employ the latest optical switching technology, including DWDM (Dense WDM) The term given to wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) when significantly more channels were being added. Since WDM is increasingly more "dense" all the time, both terms are used synonymously. See WDM.
DWDM - wavelength division multiplexing (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing See WDM. ) and SONET (Synchronous Optical NETwork (networking) Synchronous Optical NETwork - (SONET) A broadband networking standard based on point-to-point optical fibre networks. SONET will provide a high-bandwidth "pipe" to support ATM-based services. ) transmission technology. Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications NASDAQ: LVLT is a communications and information services company headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. Inc. is to provide the dark fiber network. France Telecom expects to finalize this agreement shortly. The equipment vendors France Telecom has chosen are Alcatel for the DWDM equipment, and Nortel for the SONET equipment (up to 10 Gbps.).
Top Service Quality
The network is mainly designed for Internet and other data traffic, which now accounts for the majority of communications traffic between Europe and North America where IP growth is expected to more than double each year within the next five years. The North American backbone network will offer capacity services up to OC-192 (10 Gbps), delivering an extremely high quality of service with a guarantee of 99.95% network availability per month. The network will be centrally monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with support of local maintenance teams. This 24X7 management will enable France Telecom and Global One to provide customers with detailed information on their network services in real time.
The North American backbone network will support the full portfolio of Global One IP, data, and voice services for the North American corporate market, including Global IP, Global Intranet VPN (Virtual Private Network) A private network that is configured within a public network (a carrier's network or the Internet) in order to take advantage of the economies of scale and management facilities of large networks. , Global ATM and Global Frame Relay. It will also support a whole range of carrier wholesale services marketed and sold by France Telecom Long Distance, and distributed by Global One sales teams in the U.S. market, especially its Open Transit(R) services for carriers: Open Transit(R) City-to-City, Open Transit(R) Internet, Open Transit(R) Backhaul and Open Transit(R) Mobile-to-Mobile.
Connected to the world
France Telecom will interconnect the North American backbone network with international submarine cables, linking North America with the rest of the world: Europe through the transatlantic cable TAT-14, South America through Americas-II and 360americas submarine cables, and Asia through the Japan-US cable. Customers will benefit from end-to-end connectivity worldwide.
The North American backbone network is a key element in France Telecom's global program of network development. France Telecom participates in many large-scale international submarine cable ventures, and is also present in the satellite business. In Europe, France Telecom has developed the European Backbone Network, a backbone connecting 250 cities in 16 European countries thanks to France Telecom's partners, providing excellent connectivity and capillarity capillarity or capillary action, phenomenon in which the surface of a liquid is observed to be elevated or depressed where it comes into contact with a solid. through Europe. France Telecom will pursue its strategy of backbone network deployment worldwide.
In order to provide you with additional information,
We would like to invite you to a phone press briefing
Today at 12:00 PM (Eastern US) - 5:00 PM (London)
This press briefing will be hosted by
Jean-Philippe Vanot, Executive Vice President France Telecom Long Distance
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Please dial the following phone number:
If in the US: 888-318-6428 (toll free)
From outside the US: +1-334-323-9854
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To meet the needs of multinational customers, the Group invested in Global One, which has been wholly owned by France Telecom since January 2000. Global One offers a single source for the provision of seamless IP, data and voice services for businesses, carriers and consumers around the world. Global One focuses on multinational customers and operates a global network infrastructure which has over 1,400 network access centers in more than 65 countries. Global One offers the world's most far-reaching ATM-based network and in 1999 had revenues of approximately US$ 1.1 billion.
Websites: http://www.francetelecom.com, http://www.globalone.net