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Network World
WorldCom reveals upgrade plans for MAEs
By Denise Pappalardo
Network World Fusion

WorldCom, Inc. officially revealed its plans to build its first
Metropolitan Area Exchange (MAE) based solely on ATM at ComNet '98.
MAE-Central, WorldCom�s new Tier 1 MAE, today is under construction in
Dallas. MAE-Central will be equipped with three Cisco Systems, Inc.
StrataCom BPX ATM switches by the end of February with services expected to
be available by the end of the quarter, said Dan Lasater, vice president of
broadband applications at WorldCom.


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