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Global Crossings, Ltd: Made St. Croix a Major Fiber Optics Telecommunications Hub for the Americas, Asia, and Europe
   Global Crossing is the leading independent provider of fiber optic telecommunications systems. Global Crossing's mission is to develop, own and operate the world's first independent integrated global network to help satisfy the explosive demand for reliable, high quality undersea transmission capacity. Global Crossing is rapidly developing major fiber optic undersea cable systems and terrestrial facilities, to reliably and cost-effectively connect the leading cities in the world.
  Global Crossing's Atlantic Crossing (AC-1) cable, a high-capacity system that will link the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany, began commercial service on May 26, 1998, with the full, self-healing ring ready-for-service in February 1999. Atlantic Crossing will utilize advanced dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology to provide ample capacity for the large volume of voice and non-voice traffic along this very high volume route. AC-1 initially offered 40 Gbps, but due to the strong demand for AC-1, Global Crossing announced late in 1998 that the company will accelerate plans by 18 months to increase capacity from 40 gigabits to 80 gigabits using DWDM technology ready for use by July 1999.
  Pacific Crossing (PC-1), a 21,000 kilometer, four fiber pair self-healing ring will connect the United States to Japan. Global Crossing and Japanese trading giant, Marubeni Corporation, have formed a joint venture to construct and own PC-1, which is scheduled to commence initial service in March 2000. PC-1 is being designed to utilize wavelength division multiplexing technology to offer an initial capacity of 80 gigabits.
  Mid-Atlantic Crossing (MAC), a two fiber pair self-healing ring, will connect New York (at the AC-1 Brookhaven Cable Station), the Caribbean, and Florida, and will commence initial service in December 1999. Pan American Crossing (PAC), will be ready for initial service in February 2000 and will link California, Mexico and Panama and will interconnect with MAC in the Caribbean. The connection between Panama and St. Croix will enable Global Crossing's initial four systems to link cities in Asia, the Americas, and Europe.
  Pan European Crossing (PEC) will connect 24 major commercial centers in Europe, including London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt, with the United States, Asia and Latin America. This $850 million high-capacity terrestrial telecommunications network will link with Global Crossing's four other undersea systems, creating a direct city-to-city network connecting 100 of the world's largest metropolitan areas to meet the growing demand for world-wide Internet and communications connectivity. PEC's terrestrial network will span approximately 10,000 route kilometers and have a fully deployed capacity of 30 fiber pairs, or 614,851 fiber kilometers. Based on fibers per kilometers, PEC is by far the highest capacity independent European network.
  South American Crossing (SAC) is a four-fiber-pair system linking the U.S. Virgin Islands, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Panama. SAC will be implemented in several phases with the complete self-healing ring scheduled for service in early 2001. SAC uses wavelength division multiplexing to provide 40 Gb/s initial capacity.
  Global Crossing is investor-owned, selling capacity on demand to customers, thereby allowing Global Crossing customers to defer capital spending until capacity is needed. Global Crossing has met the needs of its customers by also offering cost effective city-to-city connectivity, with the reach of Global Crossing's city-to-city options continuing to expand.
  Global Crossing has also recently announced a multi-year purchase option to take advantage of the ownership of several cable systems in different parts of the world. This program will allow customers to obtain volume discounts for purchases of capacity on one system based upon purchases from one Global Crossing system to another and to defer routing decisions until activation.
  Global Crossing has recruited an internationally recognized management team to continue to actively explore other opportunities worldwide to provide international carriers with reliable and cost-effective capacity on-demand.
  Global Crossing's capital base and entrepreneurial nature will allow the Company to respond quickly to market needs.
  Global Crossing has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger with Frontier Corporation, which, if completed, will create a combined network connecting 159 cities around the world. The board of directors of each company has approved the merger. Completion of the transaction is anticipated to occur during the third quarter of 1999.
Virgin Islands Port
   Virgin Islands Port Authority has an excellent Web site. Here is what's available on the site: aviation and marine services, aviation and port fees, data, leasing information, press releases, project renovation updates, contact numbers, related links, employment & business opportunities, port news, statistics, special events, and much more.