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Global ISDN network planned

AT&T and Unisource Carrier Services announce a plan to combine their efforts and create a global ISDN network.

AT&T and Unisource Carrier Services announced a plan today to combine their efforts to create a global ISDN network.

The companies will deliver the network to more than 60 destinations worldwide. The backbone will be developed in compliance with the ISDN Memorandum of Understanding Implementation Group, a global consortium aligned with European ISDN operation standards.

"AT&T is committed to working with the best in the business to enable applications for our customers," said Dick Slezak, managing director for AT&T Global ISDN services.

UCS marketing director Ray Pritchard added that "we have identified two of the key issues which have hampered ISDN from achieving its full potential, those being route availability and consistent quality."

It's no surprise that AT&T is beefing up its presence in the global Net access market. The number of households online worldwide is expected to rise from 23.4 million in 1996 to 66.6 million in 2000, according to a new market study by Jupiter Communications released in November. The deployment of ISDN in Europe's and Asia's most advanced online markets was reported as a key factor driving this growth.