Lucent Technologies Selected by KPN to Support the Rollout of Next-Generation Ethernet Services for Enterprise Customers
Equipment supplied by World Wide Packets as part of a newly established reseller agreement for business and residential services with Lucent; Lucent Worldwide Services to deploy and maintain network.
APRIL 20, 2006, HILVERSUM, The Netherlands – Lucent Technologies (NYSE:LU) today announced that it has been selected by KPN to supply network equipment, software and services to support the rollout of Ethernet-based services to KPN’s enterprise customers in The Netherlands. The Ethernet equipment for the deployment is being supplied by World Wide Packets under a newly established global reseller agreement with Lucent for business and residential fibre to the premise (FTTP) customer premises equipment (CPE) solutions. Lucent Worldwide Services will deploy and maintain the network.
Under the agreement, Lucent and World Wide Packets will provide KPN with CPE that will support broadband connections between enterprise locations and KPN’s state-of-the-art Ethernet-based transmission network, enabling KPN’s customers to access a broad range of value-added business applications.
“This enhanced network will enable us to expand and strengthen our Ethernet-based business service offerings for our customers,” said Jan van Bekkum, Manager Marketing and Portfolio Management of Broadband Services of KPN. “We are very pleased with the support we have received from Lucent and World Wide Packets, and look forward to continuing this valuable collaboration.”
“Lucent is delighted to be working once again with KPN to supply value-added services to their subscribers,” said Huub de Klerk, vice president Sales North Europe at Lucent Technologies. “The newly established relationship with World Wide Packets has provided another valuable set of tools that complement our existing portfolio and further expands our ability to meet our customers’ need for comprehensive, end-to-end solutions.”
Under its agreement with World Wide Packets, Lucent will resell key elements of the LightningEdge® family of products, which provide premises-based connectivity for optical fiber-based point-to-point Ethernet networks. The solution enables KPN to extend its business service offerings to businesses of all sizes, from single company office building to multi-tenant business locations.
“We appreciate the opportunity to work with Lucent to support the needs of innovative operators such as KPN,” said Chad Whalen, SVP Global Sales & Marketing, World Wide Packets. “Our LightningEdge product family offers a cost-effective alternative for businesses to utilise the powerful capabilities of Carrier Ethernet technology.”
About Lucent Technologies Lucent Technologies designs and delivers the systems, services and software that drive next-generation communications networks. Supported by Bell Labs research and development, Lucent uses its strengths in mobility, optical, software, data and voice networking technologies, as well as services, to create new revenue-generating opportunities for its customers, while enabling them to quickly deploy and better manage their networks. Lucent’s customer base includes communications service providers, governments and enterprises worldwide. For more information on Lucent Technologies, which has headquarters in Murray Hill, N.J., USA, visit http://www.lucent.com.
About World Wide Packets
World Wide Packets is a leading provider of True Carrier Ethernet ™ solutions that allow service providers, cable operators, emerging carriers and municipalities to realize a new level of speed and agility in the deployment of revenue generating Ethernet services. With World Wide Packets’ LightningEdge® product family, carriers can address the demand with their growing subscriber base by fully leveraging the power, flexibility and low cost of Ethernet technology, while dramatically reducing the CapEx and OpEx of existing legacy networks. World Wide Packets offers the QoS, scalability, reliability and manageability necessary to making Carrier Ethernet services such as IPTV, VoIP, mission critical data and wireless transport a reality. For more information on World Wide Packets, please visit http://www.worldwidepackets.com.
KPN offers telecommunication services to both consumers and businesses. The core activities are telephony, Internet and television services in the Netherlands, mobile telecom services in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and data services in Western Europe. KPN is market leader in the major segments of the Dutch telecom market and is actively growing market share in the new IP and DSL markets. Through E-Plus and BASE, KPN occupies a strong position in the mobile markets in Germany and Belgium respectively.
As of December 31, 2005, KPN’s 29,286 employees served 6.9 million fixed-line subscribers and 2.2 million Internet customers in the Netherlands as well as approximately 21 million mobile customers in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium. KPN was privatized in 1989. KPN’s shares are listed on the stock exchanges in Amsterdam, New York, London and Frankfurt.
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