British Telecom Plans To Build Vs. Partner In United States

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After a partnership with AT&T collapsed in the United States, British Telecom is opting to build and manage its own network in North America.

The carrier plans to add 14 MPLS (multi-protocol label switching) nodes, or connection points, which would give it a total of 23 U.S. nodes.

Building, which is now under way, will include new sites in Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Denver; Detroit; Mexico City; Miami; Minneapolis; Phoenix; Seattle; St. Louis; Tampa, Fla.; Toronto; and Washington.

Seven of the new connection points are expected to be operational by this fall, and the company will start taking orders this summer.

British Telecom's MPLS network in the United Kingdom and Europe extends into 70 countries with access from more than 1,000 POPs. The MPLS network today includes more than 19,000 ports and services and about 1,200 customers globally, the company said.

British Telecom employs about 1,800 IT professionals in the United States.

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