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Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) has opened a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) facility in Monterrey, Mexico. The new PoP will provide carrier and enterprise customers with direct access to Global Crossing's Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) IP-based network, which delivers state-of-the-art global IP solutions to more than 600 cities in 60 countries.

"Mexico continues to be a key market within our global strategy and we're pleased to expand our IP infrastructure in response to growing customer demand," said John Legere, Global Crossing's chief executive officer. "Customers increasingly require bandwidth-intensive applications that require a highly advanced network, and this is exactly what Global Crossing's network was built for."

The PoP, which serves as Global Crossing's global interconnection center in Monterrey, is already operational and serving customers. Global Crossing also has facilities in Mexico City and other locations across Central and South America. The company's IP-based solutions and traditional services available from the new Monterrey PoP include Private Line, International Private Line, high-speed Internet access, Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN), collaboration services, ATM and Frame Relay.

"Monterrey is a key business capital, and we look forward to serving the city's many prestigious carriers and companies with direct international connectivity as we continue strengthening our IP network presence in Latin America and around the world," said Jose Antonio Rios, Global Crossing's chief administrative officer and international president.

Global Crossing's advanced fiber-optic MPLS-based network in Mexico runs through a terrestrial system connecting Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mazatlan. Through its subsea system in the Pacific, Global Crossing connects facilities in Tijuana to the rest of its global network. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the company has facilities in 12 of the region's major cities, seamlessly connecting South America, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean to the rest of its global network.

"Mexico's economy and its strategic geographic location have created demand for additions to the infrastructure of next-generation networks like Global Crossing's," said Ernesto Piedras, general director of The Competitive Intelligence Unit. "Previous telecommunication networks were built to support a limited number of services, but today's networks offer transport services with capabilities to run all types of traffic and, thus, any service simultaneously and efficiently. Without a doubt, building new points of presence such as Global Crossing's global center in Monterrey benefits the growth and development of Mexico."

Global Crossing has experienced remarkable IP growth around the world. The company's IP traffic increased 102 percent in the second quarter of 2006 compared to the same period in 2005, while its IP VPN traffic grew by 220 percent, another indicator of the rapid global adoption of IP convergence. This extraordinary growth was mirrored in Mexico, where the number of Global Crossing's enterprise and carrier customers increased 64 percent in the second quarter of 2006 compared to the second quarter of 2005. Overall IP traffic more than doubled in Mexico during the same period, outpacing the company's global IP growth.

"This important investment in Monterrey allows us to give customers a competitive advantage by providing a global gateway to our secure, fiber-optic network from one of Mexico's most important business and industrial districts," added Adrian Gonzalez, Global Crossing's managing director in Mexico. "We will continue to solidify our key position in this market by advancing Mexico's connectivity to the rest of the world."

As a global, Tier-1 Internet Service Provider, Global Crossing continues to make important investments in its IP network to meet the increasing demand of customers around the world. The company is planning a new landing point in Costa Rica to extend the core network in Latin America, and it recently upgraded the Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC) by adding wavelengths on this undersea system, which links North America, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific. Global Crossing has also strengthened its IP network and IP service offerings in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Russia and Spain.

Global Crossing has more than quadrupled the capacity of its global IP network backbone with a new IP Supercore platform. The company has deployed more than 30 new high-capacity Juniper routers in 17 worldwide locations with Terabit speeds to support its rapid expansion and quality of service well into the future. The increased core network capacity supports Global Crossing's 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections which are now available worldwide including Buenos Aires, Santiago and Sao Paulo.

With its Latin America network officially completed in 2001, Global Crossing now serves virtually all of the region's major carriers as well as many prestigious Latin American companies, including Odebrecht, Brazil's largest multinational construction company; Arcor, the world's largest confectionary; Mexicana de Aviacion and Banco Santander.

About Global Crossing

Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC provides telecommunications solutions over the world's first integrated global IP-based network. Its core network connects more than 300 cities in 28 countries worldwide, and delivers services to more than 600 cities in 60 countries and 6 continents around the globe. The company's global sales and support model matches the network footprint and, like the network, delivers a consistent customer experience worldwide.

Global Crossing IP services are global in scale, linking the world's enterprises, governments and carriers with customers, employees and partners worldwide in a secure environment that is ideally suited for IP-based business applications, allowing e-commerce to thrive. The company offers a full range of managed data and voice products including Global Crossing IP VPN Service, Global Crossing Managed Services and Global Crossing VoIP services, to 36 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs.

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