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First Live Calls Made on BT Tel's IP Telephony Network

The first live telephone calls have been made on the IP telephony network supplied by Nortel Networks for BT Tel, the Spanish subsidiary of BT.

With the first deployment of the network now complete, BT Tel will be able to introduce new services such as IP videoconferencing, VPNs, freephone services, and unified messaging. For business customers it means access to voice mail and conference call services as well as to email over the IP network.

"This dedicated IP network ensures that Spanish customers are amongst the first to benefit from advanced products and services that fulfil the demand for greater speed, quality and flexibility in telephony services," said Pat Gallagher, BT's European director.

"The network ensures that BT Tel can adapt rapidly to future developments, offering new services more quickly and economically than in-country competitors."

In Spain, BT operates the second largest data communications network and has won more than 150,000 customers since its launch in 1994, including some of Spain's leading companies.

Nortel Networks began deployment of BT Spain's IP Network 6 months ago. The first calls over it were made by BT Tel's managing director Teofilo de Pozo who spoke with CMT, Spain's telecommunications regulatory body.