BT and Alcatel-Lucent sign major IP VPN collaboration deal

23 Jul 2012162 Views

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.

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“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

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