Carrier Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (06/29/2000) - Earlier this month the companies that formed Verizon Wireless, including Bell Atlantic Corp., Vodafone AirTouch PLC and GTE Corp., announced the sale of overlapping wireless operations. AT&T Corp. Wireless is buying wireless networks in San Francisco, San Diego and Houston from Verizon.

The assets in San Francisco come from Verizon's Vodafone AirTouch group. The assets in San Diego and Houston come from Verizon's GTE Wireless group.

One of the first carriers to sell voice over DSL, Mpower Communications, is expanding its network with the purchase of Primary Network, a Midwest data service provider. Primary's assets include the right to co-locate equipment in about 100 switching offices of regional Bell operating companies, which is necessary to provide DSL services. It can be time-consuming and expensive to negotiate leases for such space. Mpower: www.mpower.comYipes, a startup offering Gigabit Ethernet services, will sell the connections from gear located in shared facilities run by Equinix Internet Business Exchange. Using Yipes' Gigabit Ethernet connections and fiber links among carrier gear co-located in Equinix facilities, customers could build high-speed regional connections among sites, between business partners or to application service providers. Yipes services are available in nine areas: Boston, Chicago, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and suburbs of Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Initially, Yipes will extend its optical IP networks to Equinix centers in New York, Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley metropolitan areas, with others to follow. Yipes: www.yipes.com

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