BT and Alcatel-Lucent collaborate to offer IP VPN services to business customers in Ireland
Alcatel-Lucent is now a supplier of both carrier-class Ethernet and IP VPN services to BT in Ireland
Paris, 12 July, 2012 – BT Ireland has confirmed that it will use Alcatel-Lucent’s (Euronext and NYSE: ALU) successful IP portfolio (7750 Service Router and 5620 Service Aware Manager), to underpin its recently launched IP Connect Ireland service as part of its extensive network infrastructure in Ireland.
The Alcatel-Lucent platform already delivers cost-effective and feature-rich Ethernet delivery for BT Ireland customers; now it will deliver IP services for BT’s business customers. 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 wide range of access methods.
Businesses utilise their Ethernet-based and MPLS-based networks for a variety of business reasons. A number of the key applications used by customers across these networks today include:
Mission-critical business applications (primarily but not limited to ERP systems)
Growing use of high-definition video conferencing/telepresence facilities and services
CCTV and related security related applications
Efficient, cost effective and highly functional networks are critical infrastructure platforms required by our customers to operate their businesses while ensuring that all of their business applications are performing at the levels required by the customer. BT continues its on-going investment programme in market leading network technologies to ensure that our customers can grow and develop their businesses at the pace and depth necessary to win and develop in their respective markets.
Colm McVeigh, Head of Marketing, Product & Strategy, BT Ireland said, ‘‘Irish business and public sector organisations are facing very significant business challenges in a rapidly evolving world. Our research and our on-going 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.”
Lucy Dimes, CEO Alcatel-Lucent UK & Ireland said: “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. It is further recognition of the industry leadership position our IP portfolio has gained over recent years.”
About Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)
The long-trusted partner of service providers, enterprises and governments around the world, Alcatel-Lucent is a leading innovator in the field of networking and communications technology, products and services. The company is home to Bell Labs, one of the world’s foremost research centers, responsible for breakthroughs that have shaped the networking and communications industry. Alcatel-Lucent was named one of MIT Technology Review’s 2012 Top 50 list of the “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for breakthroughs such as lightRadio™, which cuts power consumption and operating costs on wireless networks while delivering lightning fast Internet access. Through such innovations, Alcatel-Lucent is making communications more sustainable, more affordable and more accessible as we pursue our mission – Realizing the Potential of a Connected World.
With operations in more than 130 countries and one of the most experienced global services organizations in the industry, Alcatel-Lucent is a local partner with global reach. The Company achieved revenues of Euro 15.3 billion in 2011 and is incorporated in France and headquartered in Paris.