22 May 2002 -- Netherlands-based service provider, KPN has ordered an MPLS VPN-powered network service for the Internet from Cisco Systems. The VPN will help KPN provide a flexible, always-on broadband access service for Dutch enterprises. The Cisco 10000 series Internet Routers will aggregate broadband access technologies from leased lines and DSL through to dial up and GPRS.
Under the name Epacity, KPN is gradually launching the IP-VPN services with MPLS technology that help provide users and application and internet service providers with reliable connectivity. Epacity is also integrated with KPMG Consulting, Inc.'s Configure to Fit (CTF) Business Support Systems/Operations Support System (BSS/OSS). This is customised for KPN's applications and specific business processes to provide web enabled, business management IP-VPN solutions.
"MPLS technology solves the scalability and manageability problem of multiple, large-scale IP-VPNs and helps us to offer broadband services complete with Quality of Service characteristics", said Huub Zabel, manager, Epacity Solutions at KPN.
"Enterprises are increasingly facing the dual challenge of investing in their network infrastructure whilst needing to focus on their core business," Edzard Overbeek, general manager, Cisco Systems the Netherlands. "Cisco's data growth increased 10 times in the US and six times in Europe between 2000 and 2002. This experience is validated by the rate of data growth across our customer networks and Internet backbone. Clearly there is a market opportunity for service providers which KPN has seen and seized."