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Nokia, KPNQwest Ink European Broadband DSL Deal

[May 30] Communications technology supplier Nokia and fiber-optic network operator KPNQwest have signed an agreement that will create the largest Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) footprint in Europe.

KPNQwest will launch commercial DSL services in Germany in the third quarter of 2000, and says it will roll them out to other European countries "as and when deregulation allows." Access to the so-called "last mile" in telecom networks is essential for DSL providers.

For the project, Nokia is supplying technology to enable services such as remote data access, streaming media for webcasts, hosted applications and interactive video.

"We strongly believe this partnership will rewrite the rules of broadband access in Europe and be a key step in the Internet revolution," said Peter Kuhne, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Nokia Networks.

Nokia's end-to-end solution includes Broadband IP access system components, comprehensive network management, and services such as system integration, emergency support, on-site assistance, operator training and first and second line maintenance.

KPNQwest is currently deploying a 19,000 kilometer fiber-optic network connecting 46 cities in Europe. It supplies a full range of data-centric IP-based services, making it one of the largest business ISPs in Europe.

In the rush to build "cybercenters" -- such companies as Colt and Intel and many computer manufacturers are currently building them in Europe -- KPNQwest claims a head start. It already has twelve, and plans to build another eighteen 10,000 square meter facilities to support its operations in 15 European countries.



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