Global One rolls out leased-line alternative

Global One, the joint venture between Deutsche Telekom AG, France Telecom SA and Sprint, has rolled out a managed voice and data service that it says is much more cost-effective than leasing lines for multinational companies.

Dubbed Global Direct Link, the service will run over Global One's international ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) network, the company said in a statement. The transmission service will initially be offered at a speed of 2Mbit/sec in 23 countries in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Global One plans to offer the service in 46 countries by the end of the year.

Users will connect to Global One's international network through a local connection to a fibre-optic metropolitan area network, provided by Global One itself or through partners.

Global One will install, maintain and manage the customer's link to the network, offering up-time of 99.9 per cent in some areas, the company said. Global One's ATM network is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and offers self-healing technology for further fault protection. The network also carries out self-monitoring, automated testing and diagnosis and automatic corrective actions, Global One said.

In France, Germany and the US, the service will be marketed by Global One's individual members, while Global One will market the service in countries outside this core group.

As of yesterday, the service will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.

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