News Briefs

Posted: 06/2000

News Briefs

* The carrier services division of Global Crossing Ltd. ( is offering wholesale customers optical wavelengths at OC-48 speeds (2.5
gbps) in major cities throughout the North American Crossing network. The offer matches earlier rollouts by competitors, such as Williams Communications Group Inc.
(, which made its Optical Wave Service available in October.

Optical wavelengths give carriers an alternative to purchasing dark fiber or traditional private line, and allows them to offer their customers fully managed IP, SONET and ATM services. Provisioned using dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), the service is a fiber optic, transponder-based, point-to-point solution that provides unprotected bandwidth tailored specifically for data.

* Broadband video networking provider FVC.COM
( has entered into an agreement with Connect2
(, a Covad DSL reseller, to provide near television quality, two-way video over DSL to the metropolitan New York area. The New York-based ISP and systems integrator will add FVC.COM’s Click to Meet video services to its DSL product offerings, becoming the first provider in New York City to bundle two-way video calls and conferences with high-speed data and voice services to businesses and public sector customers.

Connect2 is reselling Click to Meet video services through FVC.COM’s recently announced Jump Start Program, which enables service providers to video-enable their network and offer high-quality video to customers within 60 days. Through Click to Meet’s web-based video portal, users can easily make live video calls involving two or more parties with just a point and click.

* Wholesaler Com Tech International has chosen OmniAXS Gateway Switches and VoiceHubs from IPAXS Corporation
( to expand its international network of voice and private-line services.

* StarNet MegaPOP
( has upgraded to Redback Networks, Inc.‘s
( Subscriber Management System
(SMS) for wholesale DSL services across its multiple points of presence (PoPs) throughout North America. Redback is a provider of advanced networking solutions. StarNet
(, a wholesale Internet access provider, uses the SMS for its MegaPOP network, providing retail service providers a cost-effective outsourcing solution for broadband Internet services. StarNet also will use Redback’s SMS as it rolls out services in Canada and Asia.

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