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  • From: "Greg Wood" <>
  • To: "I2-News@Internet2. Edu" <>
  • Subject: "Distributed STAR TAP" Services to Result in Improved Access and Lower Costs
  • Date: Mon, 18 Oct 1999 10:20:07 -0400
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John Murray


ATM-Based "Distributed STAR TAP" Access Services to Result in Improved
Access and Lower Costs For R&E Networks Conducting Internet Technology

RESTON, Va., October 18, 1999 - Teleglobe Communications Corporation has
established an ATM-based service that connects Asian and European Research
and Education (R&E) networks directly to more than 100 R&E institutions that
are part of the U.S.-based STAR TAP(sm) (Science, Technology and Research
Transit Access Point) initiative. This direct connection -- called
"Distributed STAR TAP(sm)" -- benefits the world's academic community by
providing faster and more cost-effective access to Internet research
capabilities over Teleglobe's global ATM backbone network.

STAR TAP, established as part of a National Science Foundation award to the
University of Illinois at Chicago, provides a common interconnection point
between U.S. R&E networks and their foreign counterparts for collaborative
applications and for the development and testing of new Internet
technologies. The advantage of a common interconnection point is that a
participating network can connect with any other network without having to
pass through a third party's network and without being subject in any way to
a third party's networking policies.

Because STAR TAP's location (Chicago, U.S.) is far from most international
cable landings and satellite teleports, the high-bandwidth international
connections required to conduct advanced research have been relatively

Teleglobe's 'Distributed STAR TAP' access service, already deployed at the
company's east and west coast GlobeSystem(sm) network access points in New
York City and Los Angeles, greatly reduces the cost and effort to connect to
STAR TAP. Teleglobe also plans on establishing access sites in Miami and at
Teleglobe's three North American teleports in the near future.

"Teleglobe is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate more closely with
the NSF and the University of Illinois at Chicago and to offer our base of
PTT and carrier Internet Service Providers the means to better serve their
national institutions of learning and higher education with access to
America's leading edge research and education activities," said Bob Collet,
vice president and general manager, Internet and Data Services, Teleglobe
Communications Corporation.

'Distributed STAR TAP' Access Service Through its east and west coast access
points, Teleglobe will provide its
R&E network customers with an Internet routing and ATM network service for
interconnection with STAR TAP-connected networks. STAR TAP networks include
the NSF very High Speed Backbone Network Service (vBNS), the DoE Energy
Sciences Network (ESnet) and the NASA Research and Education Network (NREN).
Teleglobe also provides access to Abilene, the high performance backbone
service of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development
(UCAID), at its east and west coast access points as well as at STAR TAP.
The Distributed STAR TAP service also is available to the R&E networks
supported by Teleglobe's wholesale carrier and ISP customers, as well as to
other U.S. and Canadian research and education institutions, thus opening up
significant new potentials of collaboration.

"STAR TAP management has been talking with a number of providers about
extending the STAR TAP service connection points for the convenience of our
international partner networks," said Steve Goldstein, program director for
International Networking, National Science Foundation. "We are all delighted
that Teleglobe is the first one to provide such a service to its customers.
This continues Teleglobe's responsiveness to the needs of the advanced
research community that was evidenced early on when they made a 155 Mbps
link between North America and Europe available to Canadian researchers
using CA*net and later extended its availability to U.S. researchers."

"The Distributed STAR TAP access service should provide for a significantly
more effective means for U.S. networks to meet their international
counterparts. This will be a catalyst for much more collaborative activity
around the world," said Tom DeFanti, STAR TAP Principal Investigator.

Teleglobe already directly provides a variety of Internet access services
for non-U.S. R&E networks, including CERnet (China), DANTE (European
Commission), MIMOS (Malaysia), MIRnet (Russia), NACSIS (Japan), the National
University of Seoul (Korea), NORDUnet (Nordics), RosNIIROS (Russia),
SingAREN (Singapore), SUPERJanet (UK), SURFnet (Netherlands), the
University of Costa Rica and the University of Kuwait.

About Teleglobe
Teleglobe Inc. (NYSE, TSE, ME: TGO) is a recognized leader in global
telecommunications. Through its subsidiary Teleglobe Communications
Corporation, the company develops and supplies global connectivity services
to carriers, Internet service providers, business customers and content
providers worldwide. Through Excel Communication's proven marketing and
distribution channels, Teleglobe also caters to an expanding international
consumer customer base. According to TeleGeography, the company is the
fourth-ranked long distance provider in the United States and, according to
recent KMI Corporation study, the third largest owner of undersea fiber
optic cable systems. Teleglobe has a 50% interest in ORBCOMM, the world's
first commercial low-earth-orbit, satellite-based, data communications
system. Additional information is available at <>.

STAR TAP, the Science, Technology And Research Transit Access Point, is a
persistent infrastructure to facilitate the long-term interconnection and
interoperability of advanced international networking in support of
applications, performance measuring, and technology evaluations. The STAR
TAP anchors the international vBNS connections program. STAR TAP is made
possible by major funding from the National Science Foundation, award
ANI-9712283, to the University of Illinois at Chicago. For more information,
see <>

STAR TAP and Distributed STAR TAP are service marks of the Board of Trustees
of the University of Illinois.

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