Optus Joins C&W Global IP Network

Cable & Wireless Optus has announced the availability of a single, global Internet Protocol (IP) network to coincide with the opening of the Southern Cross Cable network.

Optus will link with Cable & Wireless companies around the world to provide instant access for customers to global.net, the largest global IP network.

The C&W backbone is a single, logical IP network operating at speeds of up to 9.6Gbit/sec. It delivers congestion-free routing with full redundancy, and will offer a single AS (autonomous system) hop to all major US backbone networks, as well as many in Europe and Asia, a spokesman said. The network will enable direct connection with the world's major business centres instead of traversing a number of networks, as is the case with all Australian network operators today.

Chris Anderson, chief executive of Cable & Wireless Optus, said that access to this global network was best suited to multinational corporations, application service providers (ASPs), content providers, carriers and Internet service providers (ISPs).

"With global.net we can now offer Australian businesses increased speed and the same guaranteed quality of service that their US counterparts receive."

More than 2000 ISPs in the US and customers in more than 80 countries use the network that carries more than 30 per cent of the world's IP traffic.

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