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MCI: What Acquisition Drama?

MCI—having rejected a $9.9 billion bid from Qwest in lieu of an $8.5 billion offer from Verizon—hasn't let the drama of the acquisition battle stop it from product introductions.

MCI Inc.—having rejected a $9.9 billion bid from Qwest Communications International Inc. last week in lieu of an $8.5 billion offer from Verizon Communications Inc. —hasn't let the drama of the acquisition battle stop it from product introductions. At the Interop 2005 conference earlier this week in Las Vegas, MCI rolled out a new suite of Ethernet services.

Among them is Global Data Link, which uses private lines to link disparate local-area and wide-area networks. Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. is using Global Data to link 600 customers to its E-trading platform CME Globex, which carries 70% of the company's trading volume.

Chicago Mercantile also is one of MCI's first customers to move live traffic onto MCI's new Converged Packet Access platform, which serves as a single-access line for services such as the Internet and voice and eliminates the need to add additional lines. "This is a great benefit because as more transactions go through our system, we're able to add more bandwidth without adding lines," says John Hart, director of network infrastructure at Chicago Mercantile.

Additionally, having a single-packet access network helps Chicago Mercantile Exchange drive latency out of the connection. Says Hart: "For our customers, every millisecond is important."

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