Global One, Intermedia Team for U.S. Service

BOSTON (06/13/2000) - Global One Communications Inc. will partner with Intermedia Communications Inc. to provide local and international data and Internet services in the U.S., the companies announced Tuesday.

Global One will connect its international ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) backbone network with Intermedia's nationwide U.S. network. The company's ATM-based network infrastructure will also expand to 20 cities.

Global One was formed as a joint venture between France Télécom SA, Sprint Corp. and Deutsche Telekom AG. France Télécom recently bought out its former partners and now is the sole owner of Global One.

Without Sprint, Global One lacked a market presence in the U.S. But with the Intermedia deal, "We can now directly sell and market our services in the U.S.," said Detlef Spang, Global One's vice president and general manager for the Americas Region.

The three-year deal with Intermedia "is really important for Global One, because with Sprint out of the picture, they needed someone for service in the U.S.," said Melanie Posey, a telecommunications analyst for International Data Corp. Sprint customers using Global One international services will continue the service under the buy-out agreement, but the proposed Sprint/WorldCom Inc. merger presents Global One with potentially increased competition for international markets, she said.

Global One focuses on big corporate clients, while Florida-based Intermedia serves small to medium-sized businesses, which allows the two companies to combine their services across a wide range of clients, said David Ruberg, chairman, president and CEO of Intermedia, adding that as the smaller clients develop international communications needs, his company will have the ability to serve them.

Global One, in Reston, Virginia, can be reached at +1+703-689-6010 or Intermedia, in Tampa, Florida, can be contacted at +1+813-829-4409 or

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