MCI Corp has followed its proposed UK merger partner British Telecommunications Plc in signing a similar Asynchronous Transfer Mode network equipment pact with the Siemens AG and Newbridge Networks Inc alliance (CI No 3,240). MCI is expanding its ATM data network, CellStream, using Siemens/Newbridge 36170 core ATM switches. The three year deal is estimated by analysts to be $225m, half of the estimated $550m BT contract.
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