Carrier Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (03/24/2000) - Global carrier Infonet last week announced it has expanded U.S. dial-access coverage to more than 400 cities. The Infonet service, called DialXpress, supports native IP dial using PPP with analog speeds up to 56K bit/sec, ISDN speeds up to 128K bit/sec and digital subscriber line support due later this year. DialXpress, available in 50 countries, is designed to provide "density of coverage" to support the needs of "users and their partners for expanding e-commerce services," says Marc Patterson, Infonet's vice president for remote access and wireless services.

Adero Inc., a content distribution service provider in Boston, announced last week it is buying StarBurst Software. Adero plans to deploy the StarBurst software throughout its international network to bring time-sensitive content such as video, audio and Web content to end users. Earlier this month, Adero bought Fast Engines for the company's Fast.Serv software, which allows Web servers to quickly generate custom content for end users. Terms of the deals were not announced.

Adero: www.adero.com

USinternetworking Inc., an application service provider in Annapolis, Md., is rolling out its USiAccelerate application distribution service to speed the delivery of content by 30% to 70% over USi's network. Initially the service is geared toward USi's Broadvision e-commerce application hosting service customers. USi plans to add USiAccelerate support for its Ariba, Lawson, Microsoft, Niku, PeopleSoft and Siebel application hosting customers throughout the year. The service costs $7,000 to $12,000 per month.

USinternetworking: www. usinternetworking.com

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