-- Wavecrest buys Interoute wholesale voice business
14 November 2002 -- Interoute, London, has signed an agreement with Dante, the manager of advanced international network services on behalf of the European research community, to upgrade the Dublin connection to the GEANT network.
The contract was won following DANTE's evaluation of tender responses from a number of major operators.
GEANT is a pan-European network jointly funded by the European National Research and Education networks and the European Commission that links over 3,000 academic and research institutions in 32 countries.
Interoute will upgrade the current access arrangements by providing optical wavelength links between Dublin and two of GEANT's main POPs in London and Frankfurt. The agreement will increase Ireland's access capacity to GEANT by over 15 times, allowing it to handle the ever increasing demands of the Irish higher education and research communities.
"We needed a network solution we could rely on," says Dai Davies, general manager of DANTE. "Interoute was able to offer a solution that gave high levels of diversity as well as offering competitive prices and high performance levels."
"This upgrade brings high speed GEANT access to Ireland," says James Kinsella, chairman of Interoute. "With the provision of more capacity on its network, GEANT can offer the European research community even more effective collaboration with partner organisations regardless of national boundaries."
Wavecrest buys Interoute wholesale voice business
Interoute has reached an agreement to sell its wholesale voice operations to WaveCrest Communications. The sale is part of Interoute's strategy to focus on its state-of-art pan-European backbone and city networks providing services for carriers, service providers, enterprise and mobility customers.
WaveCrest is acquiring Interoute's wholesale voice operations, which includes operating companies throughout mainland Europe. As a highly respected telecommunications operator, Interoute's wholesale carrier products and expertise will further complement WaveCrest's successful business growth.
James Kinsella said, "Interoute's business is now focused on providing network oriented services to enterprise and mobility customers, and a bespoke portfolio of connectivity solutions to carriers, service providers and network integrators. Our being able to focus on our i-21 network business was the sole impetus for selling our wholesale voice unit."