WCI announced a major contract that provides WCI customers with access to the TyCom Global Network (TGN) as WCI intends to position itself as a North American communications gateway to Asia.
TyCom will land both segments of the transpacific system of the TyCom Global Network at WCI's carrier neutral landing station at Nedonna Beach, Ore. Using WCI backhaul services, TyCom will connect to its TGN cable station in Hillsboro.
The TyCom Global Network is intended to be the most extensive and technologically advanced undersea fiber optic network. Connecting more than 30 cities around the globe, Phase 1 of TGN will supply much-needed undersea bandwidth to and from Asia, North America and Europe. Specific Asian cities served include Seoul, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. The TyCom Transpacific ring is expected to be completed and ready for service by the second quarter of 2002.
Under the TyCom contract, customers using WCI's network and colocation will have access to TGN through WCI facilities. "With access to Hawaii and the South Pacific through our agreement with Southern Cross Cable Network, and access now to Asia via TGN, WCI is a major traffic hub for the Pacific Rim," said John Burns, General Manager for WCI.
WCI, headquartered in Hillsboro, is made up of World Net Communications, Inc., WCI Cable, Inc., WCI LightPoint, LLC and Alaska Fiber Star, LLC. Collectively, the group manages and constructs terrestrial and submarine fiber optic systems and telecommunications infrastructure. WCI provides carrier neutral colocation and undertakes new network projects throughout North America and the Pacific Rim. For more information, visit www.wcicable.com, www.wcilightpoint.com and www.alaskafiberstar.com.
TyCom Ltd. (NYSE:TCM;IBSX:TCM) is a subsidiary of Tyco International and is a fully integrated owner and supplier of undersea broadband networks. For more information, visit www.tycomltd.com.