BT Ignite will use the DSL platform to offer Internet, data and voice services to corporate customers in Ireland. Ericsson will manage, support and rollout the DSL solution, comprising DSL Equipment for co-location sites, Voice over DSL equipment for the integration of voice and data over the same DSL line, customer premises equipment and integrated access devices for BT Ignite customers.

"BT Ignite is the first to offer DSL services to the business market in Ireland and we are delighted to have Ericsson as our partner," said Steve Andrews, President, Carrier and Networks, BT Ignite. "We view a partnership approach to developing our networks as key to delivering the best services cost effectively across Europe, and this is another example of how working with a leading supplier such as Ericsson is helping us to further develop our services."

"BT Ignite had set some very demanding technical and performance targets, insisting on a world class solution at a very competitive cost and I am delighted that Ericsson met their requirements," said Stefan Feniuk, Vice President of Communications Solutions at Ericsson. "By choosing Ericsson to manage the complete DSL service, and with the capacity and reliability of the solution, BT Ignite are well positioned to meet the growing demand for DSL services rapidly and cost effectively throughout Ireland and Europe."

Ericsson partner, Zhone Technolgies, Inc., will provide some of the equipment in the ENGINE range, including DSLAMs, voice gateways and DSL modems, as part of the end-to-end broadband platform to be supplied to Esat BT in Ireland as a build and operate managed service from Ericsson.

Based on equipment from Ericsson's ENGINE access range, Esat BT's DSL service is available from 29th April 2002 on a phased basis as part of Esat BT's national rollout plan to major urban areas in Ireland.

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