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C&W teams up with Cisco for managed LAN/WAN offering

Cable and Wireless (C&W) will offer managed LAN and WAN services over a single IP platform to customers in its major markets.

The services, which will be branded "Cable & Wireless IP convergence solutions", will be jointly developed with Cisco Systems who has signed a four-year deal with the company.

Financial terms of the deal were not released.

The LAN/WAN managed services will allow customers to converge data and voice networks over a single IP infrastructure, saving companies the time and expense of building and maintaining more than one network at a time, C&W said.

C&W's service will target multinational corporations as well as medium to large-sized businesses, it said.

Services offered to end users will include network-based IP-VPN, IP-LAN and IP-PBX, the company said. C&W will launch IP-VPN QoS (Quality of Service) in the US in the second quarter and in Europe and Japan later in 2002, C&W said.

As part of the agreement, C&W will use Cisco equipment and technology to launch IP-VPNs using Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology, the company said. The Cisco technology used will include Cisco 12000 and 10000 Series Internet Routers, Cisco 7500, 7200 and 3600 Series Routers and Catalyst 6500 Routers, C&W said.

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