Global Crossing Speeds Network Enhancements

Global Crossing has announced it is adding capacity on both its North American terrestrial network and its Atlantic Crossing 1 (AC-1) subsea network.

“The investments we are making are in response to the continuing customer demand we’re experiencing across our global network,” said John Legere, Global Crossing’s chief executive officer. “Demand for broadband services continues to rise and emerging markets also are driving increased growth.”

Global Crossing’s North America terrestrial network comprises more than 17,000 route miles of lit fibre. The company is adding incremental capacity on strategic routes to its existing footprint, as well as two new routes: Seattle to Sacramento and Indianapolis to Atlanta. The upgrade will provide customers with lower latency routes, diversity options, 10Gbps and 10GigE wavelengths, and competitive pricing. The new capacity is scheduled to be ready for service by June 30, 2010.

During the first half of 2009, Global Crossing added transport capacity to its AC-1 Northern and Southern routes to meet rapidly growing customer demand for IP and Ethernet transport, and to enhance connectivity between North America and Europe. Now, Global Crossing is adding additional capacity on AC-1 South, which connects Brookhaven, New York, to the United Kingdom via a self-healing ring using Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology. The new capacity is planned for service this summer.

“Bandwidth intensive applications, such as content delivery, social media, remote storage, and packet voice and data are increasingly important to our customers, and driving greater demand for global transport,” said Jim Poore, Global Crossing’s vice president, Transport Product Management. “This transport capacity increase allows us to keep pace with and stay ahead of the demand curve.”

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