The FCC International Bureau today released its annual year-end circuit status report for U.S. facilities-based international carriers. The year-end 2003 report reflects healthy growth in the use of U.S.-international facilities for international calls, private line services, and other services from the United States.
The report is based on information provided by U.S. international facilities-based carriers and covers U.S. undersea cables, satellites, and terrestrial links. It identifies the activated (inservice) and idle (available but not in-service) circuits for each international point as of December 31, 2003. The report, which is valuable for Commission regulatory purposes as well as for public use, also includes data from 2000 to 2002 for all international points listed by type of transmission facility. Overall, the reported number of activated 64 Kbps equivalent circuits grew by 34 percent over 2002 figures. (The reported number of activated 64 Kbps equivalent circuits at year-end 2003 was 3,804,359 as compared to the year-end 2003 figure of 2,844,862. )
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