Paris, October 26, 2005 – Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) today announced that BT’s recently launched EVLAN service is using an Alcatel solution. BT Ethernet VLAN uses the Alcatel Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) solution to deliver Ethernet connectivity smoothly and securely between multi-site organizations. The service is available initially in London and across the UK within the coming year.
“VPLS gives us all the advantages of Ethernet in an extended LAN environment,” said
Martin Maters, general manager of bandwidth and Ethernet services at BT Global Services. “Its simplicity and ubiquity make it an easy service to roll out and we are able to offer our customers a fully connected, anywhere-to-anywhere network featuring no single core point of failure, supported by Alcatel’sVPLS technology.”
“We are pleased to see BT putting Ethernet at the heart of their plans” said Basil Alwan, president of Alcatel’s IP activities. “Ethernet services are a key part of Alcatel’s drive to enable higher-value managed communications services. As one of the most progressive service providers in the world today, BT is making a clear statement that VPLS can deliver what their enterprise customers want: ease of use, reliability for their critical applications, and cost-optimization.”
Businesses can connect multiple sites as if they were one large local area network (LAN), which means they can exchange data without the expensive, onerous requirement to build a new physical network. The network and applications run more smoothly as all ICT functions are linked as if they were on a single LAN. Customers get access speeds that scale up to 1 Gb/s but with the flexibility to allocate that bandwidth by 2 Mb/s increments ensuring cost and bandwidth optimization as a business grows. Lastly, proactive and fully automated network and service management maximizes the reliability of the network. The Alcatel VPLS solution is based on the 7750 Service Router and 5620 Service Aware Manager.
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.
BT consists principally of three lines of business:
BT Retail, providing a comprehensive range of communications and related services to more than 20m UK consumers and businesses.
BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including the provision of broadband and private circuits.
BT Global Services, providing networked IT services to meet the needs of multi-site organisations globally. BT Global Services operates in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.
In the year ended 31 March 2005, BT Group’s turnover was £18,623 million with profit before goodwill amortisation, exceptional items and taxation of £2,085 million.
BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt
BT Global Services contact Justine Manché / PR manager Tel :+ 07850 732233 [email protected]
About the Alcatel IP portfolio
Alcatel is focused on the continued enhancement of its IP portfolio in order to meet the diverse needs of its customer base and ensure high customer satisfaction. This has led to its confirmation by independent industry analysts as a “top-three” provider of IP solutions. To date, more than 70 of the world’s leading service providers in 30 countries have selected the Alcatel IP portfolio.
Alcatel provides communications solutions to telecommunication carriers, Internet service providers and enterprises for delivery of voice, data and video applications to their customers or employees. Alcatel brings its leading position in fixed and mobile broadband networks; applications and services, to help its partners and customers build a user-centric broadband world. With sales of EURO 12.3 billion and 56,000 employees in 2004, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries.
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