Global Crossing to add New 2.5Tbit/sec Atlantic cable

Fibre-optic network operator Global Crossing has announced plans to lay a new undersea cable linking major European cities with the Americas and Asia.

Atlantic Crossing 2 is a fibre-optic cable which will transfer data at up to 2.5 terabits per second and be ready for service in the first quarter of 2001, according to officials of Bermuda-based Global Crossing. The $US500 million cable will be linked to the two cables of Atlantic Crossing 1, which are already in service, officials said.

To ensure robustness, Global Crossing is planning different landing sites -- the point at which the cable comes ashore -- for Atlantic Crossing 2 to those for Atlantic Crossing 1. Landing sites under consideration for the new cable include several in the UK and Ireland for the eastern landing and sites on the New York or New England shore for the Western landing, the company said.

Last week, Global Crossing announced a planned $11.2 billion merger with Frontier Corp, a US vendor of facilities-based integrated communications and Internet services.

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