September 29, 2004 Hilversum, Netherlands, and Sunnyvale, CA -- Lucent Technologies has announced a contract with KPN to deploy one of Europe's first networks using Internet Protocol (IP) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology. The three-year agreement includes network design, equipment supply, and deployment of Juniper Networks M- and T-series routing platforms, as well as maintenance and support provided by Lucent Worldwide Services.
Lucent and Juniper Networks will deliver a more efficient network that can enable KPN to offer additional services--such as Ethernet, ATM, carrier's carrier virtual private networking (VPN) and IP VPN--over MPLS and reduce operating costs.
"KPN is pleased to work together with Lucent and Juniper on this ambitious project, which is unique in Europe," asserts John van Vianen, senior vice president, Business Unit Connectivity for KPN. "Lucent and KPN have worked closely together for years on new technologies. This enables KPN to provide its customers with state of the art and future-proof Ethernet and MPLS services," he adds.
KPN selected Lucent Technologies and Juniper Networks over several competitors who also bid for the business.
Based on Juniper Networks M320 and T640 routing platforms, the new MPLS network, in its initial deployment, will enable KPN to deliver Ethernet services to its customers nationwide. The next phase of the deployment will interconnect the IP/MPLS core network and the ATM network using ATM-over-MPLS trunking, a capability to deliver services with quality-of-service over IP/MPLS networks developed jointly by Lucent and Juniper Networks.