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Deutsche Telekom extends MPLS services to US

Deutsche Telekom will extend its range of voice, video and data services based on Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology to customers in the US.

T-Systems International, the global network infrastructure and IT systems integration subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, is collaborating with Level 3 Communications to provide MPLS backbone network services to US customers keen to operate IP-based VPNs (virtual private networks), said  board member Konrad Reiss ahead of the Cebit trade show in Hannover.

Deutsche Telekom joins numerous service providers in Asia, Europe and North America implementing MPLS. The operators are deploying the technology to reduce their operating costs by integrating multiple networks onto a single converged core and, increasingly, to provide IP-VPN services at the edge of their networks.

T-Systems has also struck an agreement to provide customer authentication and billing services to Connexion by Boeing, a broadband wireless information service provider.

The deal will allow Connexion to focus on its core business of providing wireless Lan (WLan) service in airplanes without having to worry about customer authentication and billing. 

The deal with Connexion will also help Deutsche Telekom achieve its goal of offering seamless service to customers travelling between the two continents. The fixed-line and wireless units of the German telecommunications group are building WLan networks across Europe and the US.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service


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