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March 14, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:16pm

WORLDCOM TO CONSTRUCT PAN-EUROPEAN FIBRE NETWORK

By CBR Staff Writer

WorldCom Inc, the Jackson, Mississippi successor company to MFS Communications Inc and IDB Communications Inc, which also takes in Internet access provider UUNet Technologies Inc, is primarily a Metropolitan Area Network builder and operator. It has fiber rings girdling London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris and now plans to invest $200m ahead of the start of telecommunications competition in 1998 to link those cities together as the first phase of a pan-European network. The first phase is due to be completed by the end of this year, and other cities will be cabled and linked in as it gets approvals – it is currently licensed to build networks and offer national and international services in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France and Sweden. It its also laying a transatlantic fiber optic cable, Gemini, in alliance with Cable & Wireless Plc, due to open next February.

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