UUNet, the Internet services division of MCI WorldCom, has announced significant enhancements of its dial-up Internet infrastructure and services for North American, European and Asian businesses.
The enhancements will allow UUnet to offer ISPs, and eventually multinational businesses, a single set of global dial-up services under the UUdial service name, company officials said.
The two key enhancements are an expansion of UUNet's global access infrastructure, and the introduction of a new portfolio of dial-up Internet services for businesses.
As part of its infrastructure expansion, UUNet has installed 50,000 new modem ports in 11 countries in Europe: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. UUNet hopes to add 14 more European countries to the list over the next six months, according to Monday's announcement.
The effort is part of the development of the EuroDAN (European Dial Access Network), which will serve dial-up customers including AOL Europe. Users will be able to take advantage of MCI WorldCom's European fibre network, Ulysses.
"This is the first time that we've been able to interconnect through Ulysses, which will provide the underpinning of the network," said UUNet spokeswoman Janet Brumfield. "That will help us to ensure consistent, high-performance services."
As for the new services, UUNet said that the UUdial offerings will provide consistent services across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, which will in turn can provide ISPs and IT managers with one multinational dial supplier.
UUdial VIP, the first of the new services, announced on Monday, allows ISPs to outsource the set-up and management of worldwide dial-up access infrastructures to UUNet. A similar service is already available in the US, but this is the first time it is being offered with a global reach, Brumfield said.
International businesses are next on the list to benefit from similar services. "The next offering will be targeted to corporations, and there will be additional announcements as the product family progresses," Brumfield said.