Viatel, Inc. (Nasdaq: VYTL) announced that construction of its fiber-optic network in France has been completed. The Company's French broadband backbone spans 2,400 kilometers, linking 13 cities -- Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Narbonne, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Poitiers, Tours, Orleans, Paris, Amiens, Nancy and Strasbourg -- and is connected to Viatel's network in the United Kingdom via the Company's submarine terminal at Cayeux sur Mer.
"All that remains -- before we consider Phase Four ready for service -- is the commissioning of the electronics and final testing, functions which are currently well underway," said Michael Mahoney, Viatel's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The completion of the French ring means that Viatel may now offer an advanced, cost-effective suite of voice, data and Web-centric solutions to corporations throughout Eastern, Southern and Western France, entirely over its own network.
Viatel, Inc. is the builder-owner-operator of pan-European, trans-Atlantic and metropolitan fiber-optic networks, and a provider of advanced telecommunications products and services to corporations, carriers, ISPs, ASPs and SANs. For more information, visit www.viatel.com.