Sunday, October 9, 2005

BellSouth to Offer Nationwide MPLS Connectivity with Sprint Nextel

BellSouth signed an internetworking agreement with Sprint Nextel providing for seamless MPLS connectivity for BellSouth's next generation data customers across both providers' networks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The service is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2006 and will initially utilize the BellSouth private IP backbone in the southeastern U.S. and Sprint's network in other regions to link businesses with multiple locations.

"BellSouth customers will now have nationwide access to leading data capabilities, including full mesh connectivity and class of service priority routing to support converged applications," said Fred Shaftman, president, BellSouth Business. "Teaming with other industry leaders to bring both traditional and next generation solutions to business customers continues to be an important part of BellSouth's strategy."

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