Automotive network plays safe

Automotive extranet ENX has signed up network provider Equant to supply communications to its customers, in a move which should...

Automotive extranet ENX has signed up network provider Equant to supply communications to its customers, in a move which should boost user confidence in its ability to maintain services in a turbulent telecoms market.

The inclusion of French-owned Equant is significant because it adds another incumbent telecoms provider to the ENX portfolio. Incumbent telcos - those which formerly held a state monopoly - are seen as a safe haven in the current economic climate.

ENX is the European arm of a multinational network used by all the major automotive manufacturers and components suppliers. It uses an IP-based virtual private network to offer peer-to-peer connection between business partners for the exchange of supply chain, logistics and product development data.

Equant joins Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica on ENX's list of communications suppliers.

ENX chairman Lennart Oly emphasised the benefits of sourcing communications from multiple sources. "We are a multi-provider network because it enables you to change horses midstream. We recognise that telcos can change and, although it would be painful, we could manage if a telco was to disappear," he said.

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