Microsoft purchases metro connectivity from OnFiber Communications

Aug. 1, 2001--OnFiber Communications, a provider of fiber optic connectivity for metro access, announced that MSN Hotmail, a division of Microsoft Corporation, purchased 100 Gigabits of bandwidth connectivity to support the growing user base of the MSN network.

OnFiber Communications, a provider of fiber optic connectivity for metro access, announced that MSN Hotmail, a division of Microsoft Corporation, purchased 100 Gigabits of bandwidth connectivity to support the growing user base of the MSN network. Under the multi-year agreement, OnFiber will provide 40 Optical Wavelengths transmitting a total of 100 billion bits of data per second.

OnFiber's metro core network allows MSN to provide web content from the MSN network of Internet services -- MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger, MSN Communities, MoneyCentral, MSN eShop, and MSN Music -- to its global user base of 250 million monthly unique users. This extensive fiber optic network will not only enhance the users' experience but could also provide the foundation for future bandwidth growth.

OnFiber's Optical Wavelength Service is a high-capacity solution delivering point-to-point optical connections within a metropolitan market. This service offers the customer a dedicated optical connection without the expense of owning or operating a network infrastructure. The service provides the bandwidth and scalability of dark fiber, while eliminating the customer's need to deploy and manage Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) equipment. Optical Wavelength Service delivers data rates up to 10 Gbps and supports a variety of protocols including SONET, Gigabit Ethernet, ATM, Fibre Channel and ESCON.

About OnFiber Communications:

OnFiber Communications is a metro access provider constructing and operating fiber optic networks in major metropolitan areas nationwide. For more information, visit www.onfiber.com.

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