Siemens, WorldCom Claim Speed Record

RESTON, Va. -- WorldCom and Siemens Information and Communication Networks Inc., through its optical networking subsidiary Optisphere Networks Inc., today announced they have boosted the world record for transmission capacity of data, video and voice traffic on a single installed WorldCom network fiber to a stunning 3.2 Terabits per second. The month-long technology trial was an industry first for both companies. Using existing WorldCom fiber network routes in the Dallas metropolitan area, this increased transmission capacity is the equivalent of sending more than 3.2 million high-speed Internet connections or 41 million telephone calls at the same time on one fiber.

"This new technology by Siemens/Optisphere is a giant step forward in delivering increased bandwidth to customers," said Fred Briggs, WorldCom chief technology officer. "It will allow us to scale our network, while continuing to drive down the cost of bandwidth, by leveraging the capability of our embedded fiber plant."

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