> WASHINGTON, June 18 (Reuters) - Long-distance carrier MCI WorldCom Inc. said
> Friday it would join Britain's Cable & Wireless Plc <CW.L> and other phone
> companies in installing a $600-million underwater fiber-optic cable network
> linking Asia, Africa, and Europe.
> "Cable construction will begin immediately with commercial services ready by
> the first quarter of 2001," it said in a statement.
> MCI said the network, named SAT-3/WASC/SAFE, would provide Internet and other
> data services to the three regions, including Angola, Malaysia, Portugal and
> South Africa.
> It said the network, whose name is short for Southern Africa-Western Africa
> and South Africa-Far East, would transmit at least 40 gigabits a second and
> could be upgraded to 120 gigabits.
> An MCI spokesman declined to say how much money the carrier would contribute
> to the project.
> Other participants include South Africa's state-owned Telkom S.A. Ltd..
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> Friday, 18 June 1999 16:32:28