The BT deal will allow InTechnology to extend the reach of its existing Ethernet coverage in the UK, rising to 600 nodes by spring 2009, which it claims is the largest geographical footprint in the UK for wholesale Ethernet. It will bring high-speed data services to 87 per cent of UK businesses.
InTechnology will also use BT’s Wholesale Broadband Managed Connect service to supply high-bandwidth services to UK businesses currently outside its Ethernet footprint.
An additional element of the deal will allow InTechnology to interconnect and run fixed, mobile, legacy and next-generation networks services in a way that is invisible to end users.
All of the services provided by BT under the agreement will underpin InTechnology’s Managed Services Grid, which offers firms with converged voice and data services on a pay-as-you-go, on-demand basis. InTechnology claims this allows enterprise IT departments to benefit from greater flexibility and cost savings.
Peter Wilkinson, chief executive of InTechnology, said: “We regard BT’s 21CN programme as being two years ahead of anything else in the market with many new, exciting features. By linking our existing network into BT’s 21CN, InTechnology can now immediately service 87 per cent of the main metropolitan areas of the UK.
“Most importantly in these difficult economic times, we are in a unique position to bring huge costs savings and efficiencies to any business running a network.”
Brian Fitzpatrick, managing director of BT Wholesale markets, said: “The deal with InTechnology marks one of the first major agreements to deliver a suite of next-generation products for both data and voice.
“BT Wholesale is ushering in a new era for business IT services, allowing businesses to use IT and communications better, faster and more cost effectively, with greater choice and flexibility than ever before. By partnering with BT, InTechnology is ahead of the curve in bringing these benefits to customers right now.”
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