Ericsson signs Next Generation Network contract with Dutch KPN International Network Services

Ericsson has signed a strategic contract with Dutch operator KPN International Network Services for delivery of a Next Generation Network solution (NGN) based on Ericsson's ATM switch AXD 301 and Telephony Server. The solution efficiently integrates voice and datacom services in KPN's pan-European network for France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.

The agreement includes immediate delivery of four AXE TransLocal 4 switches, Ericssonīs Cross Border Interconnect technology, its scalable ATM switch AXD 301, and Telephony Server. This solution positions KPN International to rapidly and efficiently migrate their infrastructure to ATM/IP (Internet Protocol) technology. The TransLocal 4 switches will be delivered and installed according to Ericsson's TTC24 concept - which means time to customer, from order to acceptance, in just 24 working days.

The Ericsson Next Generation Network solution gives customers a future proof migration path to evolve their circuit switched networks to multi-service ATM-based packet networks. For KPN, the solution provides state-of-the-art carrier-class services, such as efficient international leased line data transport, voice over ATM, and multimedia services - all from one single network. Operators are able to bring new services to market faster and obtain greater flexibility by operating a single, multi-service network, instead of separate networks for voice and for data communications. Other customers who have embraced the Ericsson solution as a way forward include British Telecom and Telia Denmark.

The Next Generation Network contract with KPN is a confirmation of Ericsson's leading position as a supplier of multi-service networks and its strategy for developing solutions to meet the demands of converged networks.

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