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  1. #1
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    How are MCI in Europe?

    Hello.

    Does anyone have any comments/views/experiance with MCI in Europe?
    http://global.mci.com/uk/about/netwo...esence/europe/

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    From the map their network looks fairly comprehensive... I've got no direct experience with them to compare latency etc though - and I don't ever recall any traceroutes I've done from the UK going through them.... heh...


    I suppose it also depends what their UK pricing is like
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    We have 3 leased lines with MCI (Worldcom) - (aka: UUNet) - (aka: Pipex)

    Yeah they have plenty of names however our invoices come in from "MCI Worldcom"

    Admittedly the connections are bloody good at the best of times and pretty good at the worst of times.

    During the past year we have had a couple of downtimes, one was my fault and the other was a fault of BT clipping the wrong cables

    I dont think the MCI network has ever "gone down" on us

    The only problem i see is price, we are a finance company and as such can afford the stupidly high prices of their 100% uptime guarantee (yep you heard it right, 100%, any downtime at all and you get immediate conpensation)

    Our prices are as follows:

    Service: Worldwide PLUS 64k
    Location: Sheffield
    Cost per month: 275

    Service: Worldwide PLUS 256k
    Location: Worthing
    Cost per month: 553

    Service: Worldwide PLUS 512k
    Location: Warrington
    Cost per month: 758

    Hope this helps!
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    We have 3 leased lines with MCI (Worldcom) - (aka: UUNet) - (aka: Pipex)
    MCI is not part of Pipex Comms.

    Thank you however for the other information.

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    Originally posted by ThomasC
    MCI is not part of Pipex Comms.

    Thank you however for the other information.

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    Thomas Currie
    Thomas, i dont want to argue, but if you do a search on whois for PIPEX.COM you will get the following information:

    Domain Name: PIPEX.COM

    Administrative Contact:
    UUNET Pipex (UCRYFPWVHO) [email protected]
    Internet House
    332 Science Park
    Milton Road
    Cambridge, Cambs cb4 0bz
    UK
    +44 1223 250100


    Clearly stating the admin and technical contacts for pipex point towards ownership by UUNet, now checking back in the news you will find that UUNet were bought out by Worldcom who renamed to "MCI" from this you can see a clear track that Pipex is part of MCI.

    You can even call MCI and ask them, they told me when I called them

    Thanks for questioning me though, i did have 1% of doubt there that has now been cleared up
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    My bad

    Thanks for the information, i was not aware of that!

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    Hate to disapoint, but Pipex Comms are not owned by MCI Worldcom.

    Pipex was purchased for 55m buy GX Networks, now renamed as Pipex Communications. See www.gxn.net for more details. Or for the whole story, see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/10..._to_buy_pipex/

    Pipex used to, and still do have 'dial pipex' which is referenced on the MCI website.

    Thus, the MCI Worldcom network is totaly seperate to GXN/Pipex Network (and far superiour to GXN's network)
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    Ok, now I am confused LOL
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    Ok, to confirm...

    Pipex are not owned by MCI Anymore, they were indeed sold to GX as Maff says

    I was just speaking to our account manager at MCI and he put me straight (thanks stewart)

    As for my comments toward ThomasC, I apologise

    But ill still stick to my guns on the fact that they are being mighty slow in transferring everything over, dns, e-mail, domain ownership... all seems to be in the wrong hands :p
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    As for my comments toward ThomasC, I apologise
    No problem. Thanks for clearing that up Matthew.

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    *Clears Throat*

    PIPEX Internet Ltd. is an Internet Service Provider of the United Kingdom. It was established in 1991, originating from Unipalm, a software reseller, as the first commercial ISP in Britain.

    It initially operated with a 64k transatlantic leased line to UUNET. One of its first customers was Demon Internet. Later it merged with UUNET to form UUNET PIPEX and the Unipalm business was sold. UUNET PIPEX was taken over by Metropolitan Fiber Systems (MFS) which in turn was bought by WorldCom.

    Some time later the UUNET name was revived and PIPEX was separated to become again a stand-alone company, owned by David Rickards and his family. It was announced in October 2003 that it will be purchased by GX Networks plc. for 55 million pounds. GX Networks will then rename itself to Pipex Communications plc to preserve the brand.

    Hope this clears everything up for everyone .

    http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com - Where the above came from.

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