BT and Alcatel-Lucent sign major IP VPN collaboration deal

23 Jul 2012

BT Ireland has signed a deal with Alcatel-Lucent whereby it will use the telecom equipment vendor’s IP portfolio (7750 Service router and 5620 Service Aware Manager) to underpin its recently launched IP Connect service.

The Alcatel-Lucent platform already delivers Ethernet for BT Ireland customers; now it will deliver IP services for BT’s business customers.

“Irish business and public-sector organisations are facing very significant business challenges in a rapidly evolving world,” Colm McVeigh, head of Marketing, Product & Strategy, BT Ireland, explained.

“Our research and our ongoing work with our customers has clearly highlighted a fundamental customer need for advanced IP and Ethernet network services to help address these critical business challenges.

“Our BT IP Connect service, together with the BT Ethernet Connect portfolio, add intelligence and extensive capabilities to a customer’s network, ensuring optimum and cost-efficient performance while enabling a business to streamline and accelerate their network,” McVeigh said.

IP Connect Ireland will utilise the latest generation of Alcatel-Lucent’s platform hardware and software to deliver business-critical features cost effectively via a range of access methods.

“Our IP products offer BT Ireland a stable and scalable platform upon which to innovate new services and we look forward to working with them on further service enhancements in the future,” said Lucy Dimes, CEO, Alcatel-Lucent UK & Ireland.

“Our IP It is further recognition of the industry leadership position our IP portfolio has gained over recent years.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years