BT Ireland chooses Alcatel-Lucent for its IP/VPN Ethernet initiative

BT (NYSE: BT) Ireland is looking to grab more of the country's business market by adding Alcatel-Lucent's (NYSE: ALU) routers to part of the infrastructure under its IP Connect Ireland IP/VPN service.

With IP Connect, businesses can access a single IP VPN (MPLS) network with built-in security that offers a foundation to scale as needed. Users can get connected to the VPN network via a host of access options, including everything from ADSL, SDSL and Ethernet.

Supporting its IP VPN and Ethernet Connect service sets, the service provider will deploy Alcatel's 7750 Service Router and 5620 Service Aware Manager.

A point with BT's Ethernet and IP VPN service is its global reach. Last November, BT extended its Ethernet Connect services to 28 international countries, an aspect that will surely resonate with existing and new clients located in Ireland that have multiple sites in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the United States.

Colm McVeigh, Head of Marketing, Product & Strategy, BT Ireland, said its business and public sector customers have been clamoring for these services to more efficiently carry out their own day to day activities.

''Irish business and public sector organisations are facing very significant business challenges in a rapidly evolving world," he said. "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."

This deployment with Alcatel-Lucent is just one part of an ongoing investment strategy BT has taken in Ireland. Among some of the major network highlights was adding 5,500 square feet of space and one megawatt of power in its existing data center in Dublin, Ireland and a new contact center Belfast, Northern Ireland.

BT Ireland's efforts come at a time when competitive carriers such as Colt (Nasdaq: COLT) are also expanding their network presence in the country with the recent launch of its London to Ireland low-latency network route.

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