The bandwidth could be used for future Massively Multiplayer Games, like Ultima Online 2 and Privateer Online.
Metromedia Fiber and its subsidiary, Abovenet Communications, today announced that Electronic Arts has selected the two companies to provide the optical Internet infrastructure for EA's streaming interactive entertainment. Under the agreement, EA is co-locating servers hosting interactive game content, and obtaining Internet connectivity at Abovenet's Vienna, Va. and San Jose, Calif. Internet service exchange facilities. In addition, EA will lease unmetered fiber from Metromedia to enhance connectivity with their east coast customers.
EA will leverage Abovenet's Global One-Hop to provide increased reliability and performance to all its end-users worldwide, the companies said in a press statement. Metromedia’s plan of an all-optical IP architecture over a dedicated fiber optic web that reaches throughout the local loop in 67 cities in North America and Europe will connect all Abovenet facilities, including its European operations, with its east and west coast hubs in Vienna and San Jose. The capacity and reach of the 29,000 route-mile net with up to multi-terabit per second capacity will provide "an ideal IP infrastructure for the high capacity streaming applications to be offered through Electronic Arts," the companies said.