It is another example U.S. ISPs' march into foreign markets, where the growth rate often is faster than at home. A foreign expansion of ISPs and Net companies, including CompuServe, America Online, Prodigy, and Microsoft Network is quickly materializing, according to a recent report by Hambrecht & Quist.
CompuServe Network, a unit of CompuServe (CSRV), announced so-called peering relationships today with Ebone, a backbone with access to 76 networks in Western and Eastern Europe; DE-CIX, which connects to 15 networks in Germany; MAE-Paris, with connections to 7 networks in France; and Internet Initiative Japan, parent of A-Bone, which connects with networks in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan. A connection in Stockholm, Sweden, is planned later this year.
Peering agreements let ISPs exchange traffic headed for each other's networks. Network connections will carry at least 2 mbps of data.