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Nortel Networks to Power Taiwan's eASPNet

[Toronto, CANADA] Nortel Networks laid claim to first-mover advantage in Asia's application service provider (ASP) infrastructure market, with a US $26 million contract to be chief supplier and prime solutions integrator for eASPNet, Taiwan's new ASP and Internet Data Center (IDC).

Recently formed by a consortium of Taiwanese and Asian companies, eASPNet plans to offer enterprise customers e-business and ASP services

Under the agreement, Nortel Networks will design and build a carrier-grade IDC environment to host the applications it intends to deliver to its customers.

"We are working with eASPNet to bring the economic and competitive benefits of a world-class ASP solutions portfolio to Taiwan's small and medium-sized businesses, as well as to implement eASPNet's advanced IDC hosting and network infrastructure," said Robert Mao, president and chief executive officer, Nortel Networks China. "Both ASPs and IDCs play key roles in fueling the Internet economy."

In association with industry allies, Nortel Networks unveiled a Managed Application Services initiative, bringing together the elements ASPs require to enable a powerful and efficient strategy and solutions portfolio.

The IDC solution consists of network infrastructure and management software integrated with IT infrastructure, storage and other components from Nortel Networks allies. Part of the solution is the Nortel Networks Preside Managed Application Services platform, enabling ASPs to offer hosted e-business applications and to deliver application management to the desktop via a common platform.