Global Crossing Extends Net

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced it has expanded its ability to address enterprise and carrier customers' growing demand for bandwidth-intensive applications and converged Internet Protocol (IP) services in Latin America.

"We're responding to the continuing strong demand for IP services that give enterprises the ability to connect globally with colleagues, customers and suppliers, and that give end users an enhanced experience with applications such as video streaming, music and video downloads. These are the main drivers for our IP network expansion," said John Legere, Global Crossing's chief executive officer. "Our IP Supercore platform transports Internet traffic around the globe with higher performance and also allows us to integrate the former Impsat IP network, providing seamless connectivity to all our customers in the region."

Global Crossing is supplementing the core functionality of its MPLS-network backbone with "Supercore" routing platforms. In addition to the Supercore routers already installed in St. Croix, USVI and Fort Amador, Panama, the company now has installed these routers in Buenos Aires, Santiago and Sao Paulo, as well. This triples PoP-to-PoP core capacity and enables OC192 (10 Gbps SONET) connections on the company's South American Crossing (SAC) undersea fiber-optic cable system, which rings Latin America. Immediate benefits to customers include a core architecture that can transport high capacity IP traffic, handle the rising demand for 10 Gbps Ethernet services, and significantly expand beyond 10 Gbps capacity without the delays caused by forklift upgrades.

The SAC system includes approximately 12,000 route miles (20,000 Km) of fiber-optic cable and landing stations in St. Croix, USVI; Fortaleza, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santos, Brazil; Las Toninas, Argentina; Valparaiso, Chile; Lurin, Peru; Fort Amador, Panama; and Puerto Viejo, Venezuela. Fort Amador and Puerto Viejo are shared by Global Crossing's Pan American Crossing (PAC) undersea system. Last month, Global Crossing announced that it had expanded SAC by 100 Gbps of transport capacity.

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