Alcatel-Lucent (Alca-Lu) has announced that it has been chosen by BT to supply its IP Service Router in an expanded role within BT’s 21CN all-IP national rollout. The French/US equipment vendor is a preferred supplier to the 21CN project, with its 7750 Service Router already operational in many locations. The 7750 SR deployments will now 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. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.
After the introduction of 21CN Ethernet and broadband services earlier this year, BT is now expanding the footprint and functionality of both services. When completed by April 2009, the project will see next generation Ethernet services available across the widest footprint in the UK. ‘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.’