Global Crossing expands services in Europe

Global Crossing Ltd. on Monday said it is expanding its network and introducing new VOIP (voice over Internet Protocol) services to enterprises in Europe.

The operator said it has added IP gateways in several European cities and built new points of presence in Italy and Russia. The expansion means that enterprise customers and other carriers in Rome and Moscow can use voice and data services from Global Crossing. New network gear in Brussels; Madrid; Munich; and Vienna will initially allow Global Crossing to offer dedicated Internet access to customers and later to deliver IP VPN (virtual private network) services to enterprises in those cities, the company said.

The new network nodes will also reduce costs for customers that will be able to access a physically closer gateway to Global Crossing's network, thus reducing their access costs, the operator said.

The expansion is part of a broad company push to continue to invest in its network, Global Crossing said.

Also on Monday, Global Crossing introduced VOIP services in Europe. The services support companies that are transitioning to an all-IP voice solution by allowing companies to continue to use existing handsets and other equipment but use VOIP, Global Crossing said.

The new offerings include a variety of local, national and international VOIP services. The services deliver calls partly over the public telephone networks and partly over Global Crossing's network, eliminating some existing telecommunications connection fees for customers, Global Crossing said.

The new services are being offered in response to continued demand from companies in Europe that are converging their voice and data traffic, the company said.

Global Crossing's European network now covers more than 30,000 kilometers across 15 countries, the company said.

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