July 6, 2004 Munich--Siemens and Juniper Networks today announced that they have been chosen by BT Group, one of Europe's leading providers of communications services, to participate in a trial deployment within BT Group's recently announced 21st century (21C) network project.
The 21C project is a comprehensive re-development of BT's network and related systems, which will ultimately enable its consumer and business customers alike to experience a wide range of accessible, feature-rich and cost-effective communications services.
BT's trials will include Siemens' Surpass hiG 1200 Trunk Gateway, a carrier grade voice over IP (VoIP) trunk media gateway, which provides mediation between the core IP infrastructure of a next generation network and the existing circuit-switched network. This will provide BT with a smooth migration path to converged voice and data network capability in an IP environment, helping to expand the range of services and applications that can be supported on behalf of its customers.
Siemens will also supply Juniper Networks' IP/MPLS routing technology, which provides BT with sophisticated service convergence and flexibility at the network edge and the capability to operate multi-Terabit speeds within the core of the network, courtesy of the T640 core router platform.
Surpass is a carrier-grade IP convergence architecture, designed to enable the migration of traditional TDM networks to IP. Surpass technology is already deployed by over 80 carriers worldwide, including BellSouth, Belgacom, British Telecom (BT), China Mobile, China Unicom, CableVision, Chunghwa Telecom, Finnet Group, ForthNET, MCI. mediaways, Omantel, OTE Greece, PT Prime, PT Telkom, SBC, SingTel, Sonera, Sonofon, TelecomAsia, Telecom Egypt, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telemar and Telstra.