MCI WorldCom rolls out Melbourne fibre-optic network

Work has begun on MCI WorldCom's high-speed fibre-optic network in Melbourne's central business district, officials announced yesterday. The company also announced the opening of its Melbourne office and technical operations centre.

According to Bill Barney, MCI WorldCom's president for Asia Pacific, the Melbourne technical centre and fibre-optic network are expected to be operational by the end of 1999.

"With our recently completed network in Sydney's CBD and this new operation in Melbourne, we view Australia as a key market in MCI WorldCom's pan-Asian strategy to deliver end-to-end managed, local-to-global-to-local communications services to our customers."

According to officials, the first loop of the high-speed fibre-optic network in Melbourne will span eight kilometres in the centre, delivering voice, data and Internet services to Melbourne business customers.

According to Suzanne Campbell, MCI WorldCom Australia's managing director, staff have already been recruited for the new Melbourne office and numbers are expected to grow to 30 in 2000.

"Since opening MCI WorldCom's Australian office in 1998, we've achieved some significant milestones and expansion to Melbourne is certainly one of these," Campbell said.

"MCI WorldCom's expansion to Melbourne is further demonstration of our commitment to Australia and its future as a significant regional and global commercial player."

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