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BT to Use Clarent for Networks in Central, Eastern Europe

[London, ENGLAND] BT and IP telephony solutions provider Clarent Corporation said Wednesday that BT will use Clarent's products when it deploys new IP telephony networks in Central and Eastern Europe.

Starting with Hungary and the Czech Republic, BT is getting ready to introduce IP telephony far from its home base in the U.K.

"We are using new technologies to expand our presence in new markets and as a first step BT Hungaria has installed and is operating a VoIP service," said Frank Bosmans, director for Central and Eastern Europe, BT Ignite.

Bosmans explained that one reason for choosing Clarent is that its products are the platform for Concert's global IP telephony clearinghouse. Concert is BT's joint venture with AT&T, and BT itself has recently joined the clearinghouse which provides members with access to 220 termination points around the globe.

Richard Heaps, chief operating officer at Clarent Corporation, said that BT is a very strategic customer for Clarent because it is committed to implementing IP telephony in many places -- Central and Eastern Europe being among the first.

"BT's strong presence in this region combined with the company's commitment to building a first-rate converged network should contribute greatly to BT's success in this region," commented Heaps.

BT, constantly under fire for the high cost of its services in the U.K., is planning to offer a whole portfolio of low-cost IP-based services in Central and Eastern Europe. In these price-conscious markets, BT will sell wholesale IP telephony services to carriers and offer retail services direct to business customers.