WorldCom Rolls Out IP Migration Offering

LAS VEGAS (05/09/2000) - WorldCom Inc. on Tuesday at the NetWorld+Interop trade show unveiled Business Class IP Service, a new offering designed to let companies leverage their existing ATM or frame-relay assets as they move toward IP applications.

Billed as a scaleable IP VPN (virtual private network) service, Business Class IP was designed to allow corporate customers to harness existing private networks to an infrastructure built around Cisco Systems Inc. multiservice switches.

By plugging in to the WorldCom-Cisco infrastructure, customers then will be able to add IP applications without purchasing any new customer premise equipment.

"Business Class IP service will provide any-to-any connectivity in a private network environment, which offers the security and quality of private networks such as frame relay and ATM and the flexibility of IP networks," said Jim DeMerlis, vice president of data and enterprise product marketing at WorldCom.

WorldCom's Business Class IP service is in beta but should be available commercially by the end of summer.

Cisco, which sold WorldCom equipment to build the Business Class IP infrastructure but shares no revenue from the deal, is providing its family of Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) products. Specifically, WorldCom has incorporated Cisco's MGX 8850 and BPX 8650 IP and ATM switches.

WorldCom Inc., in Clinton, Mississippi, is at www.wcom.com. Cisco Systems Inc., in San Jose, California, is at www.cisco.com.

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