BT selects eight suppliers to see it into the 21st Century

28 Apr 2005

UK incumbent BT has selected eight equipment vendors as preferred suppliers for its GBP10 billion (USD19 million) 21st Century Network Programme, which will eventually transform its UK PSTN into a complete IP network. Alcatel, Cisco and Siemens will supply metro nodes for routing and signalling the new system; whilst Cisco and Lucent are preferred suppliers for core nodes; Fujitsu and Huawei will provide access between existing infrastructure and the new network; Ciena and Huawei will supply optical electronics; and Ericsson will provide i-node intelligence services to oversee operation of the new network. BT intends to begin mass migration of users to the IP network in 2006.

Meanwhile, BT has teamed up with Cisco Systems and Intel to form a partnership focusing on educating customers on how to address wireless security issues.

United Kingdom, BT Consumer, BT Group (incl. Openreach)