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Short Take: Fiber-optic cable to connect Europe, U.S.

An international consortium of 30 telecommunications carriers, including AT&T and MCI, have agreed to build the Columbus III Cable System, an undersea fiber-optic cable connecting Southern Europe and the United States. The 10,000-kilometer cable will eventually operate at 40 gbps and cost an estimated $236 million. The project will be completed and begin service by September 1999.

An international consortium of 30 telecommunications carriers, including AT&T and MCI, have agreed to build the Columbus III Cable System, an undersea fiber-optic cable connecting Southern Europe and the United States. The 10,000-kilometer cable will eventually operate at 40 gbps and cost an estimated $236 million. The project will be completed and begin service by September 1999.