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Bell Canada, Cisco Systems launch IP network services initiative

Bell Canada and Cisco Systems Canada will team up to accelerate the creation, commercialization and delivery of a s...


January 19, 2004  


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Bell Canada and Cisco Systems Canada will team up to accelerate the creation, commercialization and delivery of a suite of IP services.

The two companies today announced plans to jointly develop an integrated suite of managed network services that include virtual private networking (VPN), IP telephony, security and wireless LAN.

In addition, they will launch a program aimed at helping large and medium-sized business customers to consolidate and migrate their existing communications networks (including ATM and Frame Relay) onto Bell’s Cisco-based IP/MPLS network.

"There is widespread recognition among world-class service providers that IP-based networks are the best and arguably the only way to achieve the operating efficiencies and service flexibility needed to compete in today’s marketplace," said John Chambers, president and CEO of Cisco Systems.

Bell said it intends to "dramatically expand" its national IP core network infrastructure in order to provide the platform for new converged communications services that will allow large and medium-sized business customers to develop new business data, video, voice, wireless and security solutions.

"We are at the stage in the evolution of IP networks in Canada where it is now possible to seamlessly deliver a simplified suite of managed IP services to Canadian businesses", said Terry Walsh, President of Cisco Systems Canada.

"By combining our respective strengths, Bell and Cisco can help our customers drive their productivity and competitive advantage through IP communications."