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Ireland's Esat in ATM Deal With Cisco

Dublin, Ireland-based Esat Telecom announced an agreement with Cisco Systems under which it will use Cisco's Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) multi-service broadband switches for its national backbone fiber optic network.

Billing the new contract as the largest of its kind in Ireland, Esat Telecom said it will employ Cisco ATM technology to provide customers with higher bandwidth services across wide area networks for high-speed delivery of voice, data, Internet, and video applications.

Esat said two ATM switches will be operational by the end of June to deliver international connectivity to Dublin-based companies, while six other switches are scheduled to be installed during the summer for September operation.

Esat, formerly known as EUnet Ireland, also announced it plans to invest approximately 88 million Irish pounds (approximately US$124 million) in developing its local, national and international fiber optic network this year.

"This strategic contract will allow us to handle voice, data and Internet traffic at far greater speeds than any existing telecoms operator in Ireland and ultimately this translates into real cost savings for our customers," said Esat Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Sean Corkery.

"Our broadband service portfolio will enable customers to migrate from existing technologies to enjoy the benefits of ATM in a seamless and cost effective manner."