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XLINK originally was the eXterne Lokale Informatik-Netz Karlsruhe (the external connection of the computer science network of the universities in Karlsruhe, Germany).
It was created in 1984, when it offered one of the first UUCP connections from Germany to the USA (via UUNET), and from November 1989 it also offered Internet connectivity mainly to universities in the south of Germany.
It was transformed into (part of) a company in 1993, and as such, competed with the UniDO ISP (incorporated as EUnet Germany) for the title of first commercial Internet service provider in Germany.