Briefs: IPVerse Launches the ACX2000

LAS VEGAS (05/10/2000) - At NetWorld+Interop 2000 this week, ipVerse Inc. introduced the ACX2000, a software-based switch that handles packet-based voice calls in carrier networks. The switch has the ability to route such calls to the traditional circuit-switched public telephone network or to packet-based networks. Carriers can set priorities so the switch will route each call according to network congestion.

The switch also enables different tiers of service so customers can pay less for lower-quality calls. The switch is available for trial this month.

NTT Communications Corp., a division of Japanese telecommunications giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., is acquiring Verio Corp., a national ISP and Web-hosting service provider, for about $5.5 billion. Verio is no stranger to NTT Communications, which already owns 10% of the company's common stock.

NTT expects to combine Verio's U.S. network with its Asia-Pacific network to offer integrated Web hosting and IP services.

Verio also announced this week that it has inked a $200 million deal with Cisco Systems Inc. Verio is buying Cisco's Catalyst 6500 switches to deploy in its Web-hosting data centers.

Sprint Corp. launched its Broadband Direct fixed wireless service in Phoenix last week. After spending $800 million last year picking up four multichannel multipoint distribution service providers, Sprint is making available its first fixed wireless Internet access service. Users can sign up for high-speed Internet access services that support 256K bit/sec upstream and up to 2M bit/sec downstream for $40 per month. Sprint plans to expand the service to about a dozen markets by year-end.

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