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Janzen: new network build is no pipe dream
01 February 1999
Williams Communications is once again building a fibre-optic network, as it aims to become a major player in the US wholesale long-distance market. It re-entered this market in January 1998 on the expiry of a three-year non-compete clause. The president & CEO Howard Janzen talks to Mark Holmes about the operator's plans.
Williams Communications is aggressively targeting the wholesale
market in the US. It's nation-wide 32,000 mile Multi-Service
Broadband Network is scheduled for completion in the year 2000.
It will connect to over 125 cities. The company is also
preparing for an IPO later in the year, where it hopes to raise
between $500-750 million. The sales proceeds will be reinvested
in the build-out of the network.
The company has a unique background. It is a subsidiary of
Williams, one of America's largest transporters of natural gas.
Williams Communications has been able to exploit the advantage
of having rights of way on Williams nation-wide pipeline
network to build out its fibre network. Williams first used
decommissioned pipelines to house fibre optic cables in 1985,
under its previous banner WilTel.
This made it one of the first players to deploy a
nation-wide fibre- optic network. The original fibre-optic
network was eventually sold to...
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