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Re: florida ix(en) facing south

  • From: Vijay Gill
  • Date: Thu Dec 21 12:38:48 2000

On Thu, 21 Dec 2000, Randy Bush wrote:

> i get rumors of one or more exchange points being built in south florida
> where there may be good participation by latin and caribbean networks.
> any good gossip, pointers, ...?  any choices which are not carrier jails?

Randy, Red herring did an article on this:

The world's major telecom carriers are keeping a close watch over a
steel-reinforced, six-story building being raised next door to abandoned
warehouses and boarded storefronts in downtown Miami. Construction crews
are working around the clock to complete this network communications
facility by its July 2001 deadline.


But this NAP is no parochial communication hub. It is designed to do much
more than just provide another focal point for U.S. traffic. It is slated
to become the electronic gateway that links the emerging economies of
Central and South America to the United States in much the same way that
major seaports helped connect global trading partners 100 years ago. But
it won't be sailing solo, as this new NAP will have to compete with an NAP
that BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) is building in western downtown Miami.

Behind the multimillion-dollar project is Terremark Worldwide (AMEX: TWW),
an unknown that recently transformed itself from a real estate company
into a telecom player.