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BT, Nortel To Build Biggest IP Telephony Net

Using technology supplied by Nortel Networks, BT's Spanish subsidiary is planning to build the world's largest Internet telephony and multimedia network. BT will make a multi-million investment in Spain to support the venture.

"BT is committed to help grow the Spanish communications market. We have already invested more than US$640 million in our various fixed, mobile and Internet interests, and plan to spend at least an additional US$970 million over the next ten years," said Pat Gallagher, BT's European director.

Initially, the network will provide coverage from 12 nodes, serving millions of customers. Within three years BT says it will expand the network to 27 main nodes.

On offer to Spanish residential and business customers will be a whole range of IP telephony services. They will include direct and indirect dial facilities, freephone, and virtual private network (VPN) applications.

Later, the range will be extended to value-added and new multimedia services. BT says it will be the only service of its kind to support full interoperability with the standard telephone system.

Meanwhile, BT's customers in the UK home market can only envy their Spanish counterparts and hope that "BT's global IP strategy" will eventually touch home base.