BT Ireland has confirmed that it will use Alcatel-Lucent’s 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), site to site VoIP, Growing use of high definition video conferencing/telepresence facilities and services and CCTV and related security related applications

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.”

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