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London plans to host at least 10 new "Internet hotels" within the next four years, according to London Electricity. These are buildings that contain Web servers, routers, switches and communication links for companies that do not want to own and manage their own equipment.

"There are one or two [of these] hotels in London at the moment, but we've been asked not to divulge their exact location for security reasons," says a London Electricity spokesman. "We expect the demand for power to increase by 20 percent over the next four years. In the last four years the increase was 5 percent."

One of the London hotels is owned and operated by Broomfield, Colo.-based Level 3 Communications, which claims to have five others across Europe and 38 in the United States. The company plans to build 21 Internet hotels in Europe and Asia in the next four to six years, says a Level 3 U.K. spokesman.

Other companies building Internet hotels in London include Colt Telecom, Global Crossing and Telehouse. Level 3 and London Electricity officials estimate that in the next four years more than 200 such hotels will be built across Europe.

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