is also developing an advanced trans-Atlantic dual-cable system in a joint venture with FLAG Telecom.
The launch of the GTS
Hosting Center in London further solidifies our position today as THE Internet and e*Business platform of Europe," said H.
will promote the CPN status in conjunction with other pan-European IP services, including direct Internet access and IP transit.
As a leading IP platform in Europe, GTS
will play an important role as we continue to enhance and improve the e-commerce experience on behalf of our customers," said John D.
With points of presence in more than 50 European cities, the GTS
network currently carries high-speed Internet, video, data and voice traffic for more than 150 international carriers, Internet service providers, broadcasters, multinationals and dot coms.
I believe GTS
has a unique opportunity to become the genuine IP platform for Europe, and I am eager to help GTS
realize that opportunity to its fullest.
Winner of the prestigious World Communications Award for Best Wholesale Carrier in October 1999, GTS
operates the first and currently most extensive trans-European broadband fiber network with points of presence (PoPs) in over 50 European cities and stretching across more than 16,000 route kilometers.
The agreement builds on the existing long-term relationship between GTS
With the addition of Prague and the recent additions of Hanover and Dresden in Germany, GTS
can now deliver carrier bandwidth and IP services to the following 27 European cities: Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Hanover, London, Lyon, Madrid, Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Strasbourg, Stuttgart, Valencia and Zurich.
The total cost to GTS
of (i) its equity investment in the joint venture, (ii) its dark fiber on the system, and (iii) optronics capable of lighting the fiber pair at 400 Gbps of protected capacity, is expected to be less than the $450 million GTS
expected to spend on the project as structured previously.
Larry Lang, vice president of Cisco Systems' Service Provider line of business, commented: "The flexibility of the highly-scalable IP architecture GTS
is building with Cisco will give them a platform that will carry a diverse range of high quality communication services that can be aggressively priced for end users.
network is supplemented by numerous private and public peering arrangements so content can be delivered seamlessly from GTS
data and web hosting centers to virtually any destination in Europe without first routing through the United States.