The FCC International Bureau today released its annual year-end circuit status report for U.S. facilities-based international common carriers. The year-end 2004 report reflects five percent 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 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, 2004. In addition to 2004 data the report includes data from 2001 to 2003 for all international points listed by type of transmission facility.
Overall, the reported number of activated 64 Kbps equivalent circuits grew by five percent over 2003 figures. (The reported number of activated 64 Kbps equivalent circuits at year-end 2004 was 3,876,995 as compared to the revised year-end 2003 figure of 3,676,003.)
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