Global Crossing upgrades Atlantic Crossing

JANUARY 20, 2009 -- Global Crossing is expanding capacity on its Atlantic Crossing-1 (AC-1) undersea fiber-optic cable system to meet rapidly growing demand for broadband services.

JANUARY 20, 2009 -- Global Crossing (search for Global Crossing) is expanding capacity on its Atlantic Crossing-1 (AC-1) undersea fiber-optic cable system to meet rapidly growing demand for broadband services.

Omar Altaji, Global Crossing's executive vice president of Worldwide Carrier Services, revealed these plans during his presentation to the 31st annual Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) conference in Honolulu, HI.

"We continue to make strategic investments in network infrastructure in support of strong growth around the world," said John Legere, Global Crossing's CEO. "We are increasing capacity on our Atlantic Crossing undersea system to accommodate our carrier and service provider customers' requirements for IP connectivity and broadband services, such as social media and content delivery networks."

During the first half of 2009, Global Crossing will be adding 600 Gbps of transport capacity to the AC-1 Northern and Southern routes. Global Crossing's Atlantic Crossing-1 South route connects Brookhaven, NY, to the United Kingdom. Atlantic Crossing-1 North connects Brookhaven to Germany and the Netherlands.

"Market demand for transatlantic bandwidth remains strong," stated Alan Mauldin, senior analyst at TeleGeography. "According to our estimates, total bandwidth usage on the route increased 38 percent between 2007 and 2008."

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