Lucent awarded BT service deal

Lucent Technologies Inc. Monday announced it has been awarded a five-year, US$50 million contract by British Telecommunications PLC to provide network support and services for BT's U.K. infrastructure.

Under the terms of the contract, Lucent will provide support for several different components of BT's network, including optical, IP, voice and data switching elements. This also includes BT's 999 emergency services network.

Lucent currently manages more than 40 customer networks worldwide. The BT deal comes on the heels of Lucent selling its enterprise professional services business last week to focus its professional services business on service providers.

Lucent sold the enterprise services business to International Network Services, a recently created, wholly owned subsidiary of West Coast Venture Capital, a private venture capital firm based in Cupertino, Calif. Lucent acquired a company by the same name - INS - in 1999 as its entrée into enterprise professional services.

Lucent has since spun off its enterprise equipment operations and is now solely targeting the world's 30 largest service providers.

Separately, Lucent last week shipped an IP service router announced in February.

The Access Point 1500 router enables service providers to deliver basic routing, VPN, firewall security and bandwidth management services to large regional enterprises, Lucent says.

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