NTT Com chooses Alcatel-Lucent router for launch of IP-VPN service

AUGUST 4, 2009 -- NTT Com says it has launched the first commercial IPv6-compatible IP-VPN service based on MPLS in Japan using Alcatel-Lucent's 7750 Service Router.

AUGUST 4, 2009 -- NTT Communications Corp. has deployed Alcatel-Lucent's (search Lightwave for Alcatel-Lucent) service router as the base for its Internet Protocol (IP) Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, which now supports both IPv4 and next-generation IPv6 protocols (IPv4/IPv6 dual stack) for enterprise users. Offered as an option for its Arcstar IP-VPN service, this is the country's first commercial IPv6-compatible IP-VPN service based on Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS).

The Alcatel-Lucent 7750 Service Router (SR) was first deployed in 2007 to support NTT Com's IP-VPN IPv4-based service for enterprise customers. Now, with IPv4 addresses approaching exhaustion, NTT Com again chose Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its network to allow both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic to be used on a single network, offering a smooth, relatively low-cost IPv6 migration for its enterprise customers.

"This represents a key milestone in the Japanese market with NTT Com launching its IPv4/IPv6 dual stack service," says Martin Jordy, president of Alcatel-Lucent's Japan activities. "With our market-leading service router solution, we will continue to help NTT Com and its enterprise customers take advantage of the efficient and reliable advanced network services offered with this next-generation Internet protocol."

According to Ovum RHK (search Lightwave for Ovum), Alcatel-Lucent holds the no. 2 position in the IP/MPLS Edge market segment.

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