KPN Transforms Communications With Nortel IP Technology
Leading Dutch Operator Moves Entire Organization to IP Communications Platform
DECEMBER 15, 2005, AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands - KPN has announced it is moving to an all IP-based, next generation communications platform based on Nortel* [NYSE/TSX: NT] technology. Roll-out of the new voice and multimedia capability across KPN will occur in phases beginning in February 2006.
KPN selected Nortel to bring increased productivity and simplicity to employee communications through user friendly application interfaces that integrate communications services into a single platform. Nortelís all IP-based voice and multimedia solutions allow KPN to bring increased control to network management and help reduce costs while being inherently flexible and scalable.
ďKPN believes in an all-IP world and this move to an IP-based infrastructure is of strategic importance to the company,Ē said Bas Burger, managing director of KPN EnterCom. ďTherefore we have chosen to work with a top notch and reliable partner such as Nortel to optimize KPNís enterprise network.Ē
ďOur customers will benefit from this innovation as the communication and contact with them will be improved. Furthermore we are practicing what we preach in migrating to a single IP-based communications platform, demonstrating the practicality and benefits of such a move to all of our customers,Ē Burger said.
Using Nortelís multimedia communications platform, KPNís employees will be able to use their PDAs, laptops and PCs for voice, instant message, file sharing, email and video conference applications. KPNís employee communications will be further enhanced by presence awareness, where the connection status of a user can be viewed before attempting communications. This allows employees to choose the most appropriate means of communication depending on the userís status. The new system integrates fully with existing fixed and mobile voice communications.
ďThrough our work with KPN, Nortel is demonstrating the reality of our vision for the virtual enterprise, namely anywhere, anytime communication,Ē said Darryl Edwards, president, Northern Europe, Nortel. ďThe versatility of Nortelís IP solutions for enterprise will enhance KPNís credibility as a provider of next generation communications systems in The Netherlands by allowing them to fully realise the benefits of all-IP communications.Ē
KPN is using Nortelís Communications Server 1000 to provide 20,000 voice over IP users. Among these 20,000 employees an initial 12,000 employees will also be using Nortelís Multimedia Communications Server 5100 for voice, data, messaging, video and presence awareness. The mix of full-multimedia and voice over IP recognises the individual requirements of KPN employees for various types of communication.
KPN offers telecommunication services to both consumers and businesses. KPNís core activities are telephony and data services through our fixed network in the Netherlands, mobile telecom services in the Netherlands, Germany 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 its market share in the new IP and DSL markets. Through E-Plus in Germany and BASE in Belgium, KPN holds strong positions in the mobile markets of these countries. As of September 30, 2005, KPN served 7.1m fixed-line subscribers and 2.0m Internet customers in the Netherlands as well as 17.8m mobile customers in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, while KPN employed 28,749 individuals (26,316 FTEs). KPN was incorporated in 1989. KPNís shares are listed on the stock exchanges of Amsterdam, New York, London and Frankfurt.
Nortel is a recognized leader in delivering communications capabilities that enhance the human experience, ignite and power global commerce, and secure and protect the worldís most critical information. Serving both service provider and enterprise customers, Nortel delivers innovative technology solutions encompassing end-to-end broadband, Voice over IP, multimedia services and applications, and wireless broadband designed to help people solve the worldís greatest challenges. Nortel does business in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit Nortel on the Web at www.nortel.com. For the latest Nortel news, visit www.nortel.com/news.
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