STOCKHOLM (05/30/2000) - Nokia Corp. said today it has signed an agreement to supply network equipment for KPNQwest BV's planned pan-European roll-out of high-speed Internet access services based on DSL (digital subscriber line) technology.
KPNQwest, as a first step, will launch commercial DSL services in Germany in this year's third quarter, the companies said in a statement.
As soon as ongoing deregulation efforts allow, the Hoofddorp, Netherlands-based operator plans to launch similar services in other European countries, the statement said.
Espoo, Finland-based Nokia will supply KPNQwest with DSL equipment, including broadband IP (Internet protocol) access system components and network management software, as well as a wide range of related services.
Financial terms of the deal were not available.
KPNQwest, a joint venture between Dutch telecommunications operator Royal KPN NV and Denver, Colorado-based network carrier Qwest Communications International Inc., offers Internet access and other IP-based services, aimed mainly at businesses, in 15 European countries.
KPNQwest, in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, can be reached at +31-23-56-87-676 or via the Web at http://www.kpnqwest.com/. Nokia, in Espoo, Finland, is at +358-9-5113-8193 or at http://www.nokia.com/.