WorldCom expands corporate data services

WorldCom plans to expand its corporate data services to 40 more countries by the end of this year, giving global companies more options for conducting business transactions.

"Our (corporate) customers have locations not just here in the US but all over, and rely on us for secure network access," said WorldCom spokesman Daniel Davie, regarding what the expanded services will offer global clients. "We can build the networks they want from our own facilities."

At the end of last year, WorldCom offered frame-relay service in 22 countries, enabling email, file transfer and other data to be transmitted more quickly and at less cost than over a private line. The company has added 12 more countries, including Indonesia, Japan and Russia, and will reach 45 countries by the end of this year.

WorldCom's ATM (asynchronous transfer mode) services, used to transport data and multimedia data such as video and voice over long distances, will increase its reach by 10 countries to a total of 23. Italy, Spain, Korea and Singapore already have been added to the list of nations where WorldCom offers ATM services.

In addition, WorldCom's private-line service will be available in 26 countries by the end of 2000, up from 19 in 1999. The facilities necessary for that expansion have not yet been completed.

By the end of this year, WorldCom plans to offer services in 90 per cent of the countries ranked highest for trade and expansion in a World Trade Magazine study, according to WorldCom spokeswoman Debbie Caplan.

Such global scope means that WorldCom will be popular with business customers who want to have all communications services through one provider because that's more efficient and secure, said Dataquest analyst Charles Carr.

"If you (as a business) can provide complete services from end-to-end internationally, you're on the right track," Carr said.

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