Carrier Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (03/02/2000) - Growing data carrier Intermedia Communications Inc. has inked a deal to offer international carrier Infonet Corp.'s Global Frame Relay service under the Intermedia brand. Infonet offers frame relay to 45 countries. Intermedia, originally an alternative local carrier with regional connections in the Southeast, has branched out to many areas of the country and has added Internet access, Web hosting and shared-tenant integrated-access services to its portfolio.

Intermedia: www.intermedia.com

PSINet Inc. is rolling out Tiara Networks' Series 7000 Frame Switch throughout its point-of-presence sites in the U.S. PSINet plans to use the devices to offer dedicated-access service options that include bundling multiple T-1 connections for customers who need more bandwidth but aren't ready to upgrade to a T-3 pipe. The Tiara gear will allow PSINet to offer higher-speed IP-over-frame-relay services to business users. PSINet also will be using Tiara's Series 1000 customer-premise devices to support some of its Internet services.

PSINet: www.psi.net

Cidera and Microsoft Corp. have teamed to make Windows Media Technology more scalable by using satellite networks for streaming audio and video to the edge of the network. Cidera modified the Windows Media protocol so that it no longer relies on a two-way terrestrial connection. The modified protocol can be more easily streamed across Cidera's satellite network to ISPs and other content aggregators.

Cidera: www.cidera.com.

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