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Global Crossing Expands Availability Of Worldwide 2.4 Gb/s Wavelength Services Using Hitachi's Transmux

Aug 29, 2000 08:16 AM

Deployment will provide OC-48/STM-16 wavelength services in major cities throughout the U.S. and between New York and London via undersea cable

ATLANTA, Ga., August 29, 2000 - Hitachi Telecom (USA), Inc., a subsidiary of Hitachi America, Ltd., today announced that Global Crossing Ltd. (NASDAQ:GBLX) will deploy Hitachi's AMN 4100 Transparent Transponder Multiplexer (Transmux) product to provide OC-48c/STM-16 wavelength services to large volume data customers worldwide. Coast-to-coast deployment in more than 150 nodes throughout Global Crossing's North American network will begin in the third quarter of this year.

Global Crossing will also deploy the AMN 4100 in their New York and London undersea cable landing sites. Global Crossing can now flexibly transport large numbers of OC-48/48c/STM-16/16c circuits over its OC-192/STM-64 DWDM backbone worldwide, fully utilizing the 10 Gb/s per channel bandwidth. The carrier is expanding its ability to sell wavelengths - i.e., communication channels - to ISPs and other customers, which need a dedicated communication path at these rates.

When combined with DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexer) equipment, Hitachi's solution offers carriers very large channel counts for OC-12 and OC-48 services. For example, the combination of Transmux with Hitachi's AMN 6100 10 Gb/s DWDM system offers an industry-leading channel capacity of up to 512 OC-48 channels or 2048 OC-12 channels.

"In today's competitive communications services market, we need maximum flexibility, low cost, and the ability to turn up new services immediately," stated Jim Watts, Global Crossing's director of Transmission Engineering for Global Crossing North America. "Hitachi's AMN 4100 Transmux product allows us to fully utilize our OC-192 backbone while offering our customers direct access to OC-12 and OC-48 circuits. Because the Transmux is transparent to communications protocol, the system is ideal for collecting OC-48 ATM and IP traffic, as well as OC-48 SONET traffic for efficient transport over our national network."

"Global Crossing operates the World's most advanced IP network," stated Tom Collington of Global Crossing International. "In addition to maximizing our utilization of bandwidth, Hitachi's Transmux product is ideal as a gateway in a multi-national environment because of its ability to automatically recognize and transmit SDH and SONET signals."

"Hitachi is pleased to support Global Crossing with our unique Transmux product," stated Don Boriskie, Hitachi's vice president of sales. "This revenue-generating solution is an example of Hitachi's commitment to offer products that allow our customers to provide the widest possible variety of services at the most competitive rates while maintaining favorable bottom-line results in this truly global industry."