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join:2002-01-15

Rogers to send traffic on bankrupt company's WAN

Will Launch if @ Home Negotiations Unsuccessful

TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - Rogers Cable today confirmed that the company has
its own alternate high speed Internet network in place and is ready to
transition customers quickly if negotiations with Excite @ Home are
unsuccessful.

Over the past few months Rogers has readied its own network. It consists
of a regional data centre built by Compaq to provide internet services such as
email and news; an extensive regional IP (Internet protocol) network which
utilizes Cisco hardware riding over Rogers fibre optic network connecting all
of its cable systems, and connectivity to the global Internet backbone via
Teleglobe.
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Comment: Teleglobe today fired 700 employess in Reston,
Virginia, which is basically everyone that was in the building except for their sales team, and fired 70 people in their Montréal office, with more to come soon,
according to analysts. BCE this week cut ties with it's
6 billion dollar acquistion, sending the company scrambling
for funding, many analysts expecting the company to either
be sold off in pieces to competitors, or divested entirely
to an interested party, except for the voice data
infrastructure, which is its most lucrative area.