The FCC’s International Bureau today released its annual year-end circuit status report for U.S.-international facilities-based common carriers. The year-end 2006 report shows that the use of U.S.-international facilities for international calls, private line services, and other services from the United States grew by 25 percent in 2006.
The report relies on information provided by U.S.-international facilities-based common carriers and covers U.S. undersea cables, satellites, and terrestrial links. It identifies the activated (in-service) and idle (available, but not in-service) circuits for each international point as of December 31, 2006. Additionally, for purposes of comparison, this report incorporates historical data from the 2003-2005 circuit status reports.
Overall, the reported number of activated 64 Kbps equivalent circuits grew by 25 percent since 2005. At year-end 2006, the reported number of activated 64 Kbps equivalent circuitstotalled 7,558,072 as compared to 6,043,315 at year-end 2005.
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