BT picks Alca-Lu IP service router for 21CN all-IP expansion

Alcatel-Lucent says its will supply BT Group with its IP Service Router in an expanded role with British Telecom's BT's 21CN all-IP national rollout.

BT is expanding the footprint and functionality of 21CN Ethernet and broadband services it introduced earlier this year with Alca-Lu as a preferred supplier to the 21CN project, using its 7750 Service Router. The 7750 SR deployments will be expanded in line with BT's announced customer-driven plans to extend its Ethernet services with additional points-of-presence in the metro elements of the network. When completed by April 2009, the project will see next generation Ethernet services available across the widest footprint in the U.K.

"BT has a commitment to meet our customers' increasing demand for Ethernet services and has therefore set out an aggressive expansion strategy for our 21CN Ethernet footprint," said Karl Penaluna, director, IP and Data platforms at BT. "Alcatel-Lucent's existing involvement with 21CN gives us confidence we can achieve these timescales."

The 7750 SR solution enables BT to offer Ethernet any-to-any, multi-site solutions as well as multiple classes of service on an on-demand and application-by-application basis. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

For more:
- See the Alca-Lu press release