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
Cost per month: £275
Service: Worldwide PLUS 256k
Cost per month: £553
Service: Worldwide PLUS 512k
Cost per month: £758
Originally posted by ThomasC MCI is not part of Pipex Comms.
Thank you however for the other information.
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
UUNET Pipex (UCRYFPWVHO) [email protected]
332 Science Park
Cambridge, Cambs cb4 0bz
+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
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.
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