BT Infonet

BT Infonet

July 14, 2005 08:00 ET

BT Infonet Implements Internet-Based MPLS VPN For Donaldson Company, Inc.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Jul 14, 2005) -

Maker of Filtration Systems Uses BT Infonet's Internet-Based MPLS VPN Service to Support Manufacturing of Disk Drive Filters in Thailand

BT Infonet, a leading provider of global communications services for multinationals and part of BT Global Services, today announced the signing of a contract to provide Internet-based IP VPN services to Donaldson Company, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts.

With 2004 sales of over USD 1.4 billion and more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Donaldson serves customers in the industrial and diesel engine markets with air, liquid and gas filtration. In May, the company opened up a new manufacturing location in Thailand focused on the production of filters for disk drives.

To support communications and business processes between the Thailand plant and Donaldson's offices in the U.S. and Belgium, Donaldson implemented BT Infonet's IP VPN Internet -- an MPLS service that combines the cost effectiveness of an Internet backbone with the inherent security of an MPLS network.

"In looking for a communications partner, we needed a provider with a strong presence in Asia and the ability to meet our cost requirements," commented Patrick Jerich, Donaldson's Director of IT Operations. "We're very happy with our choice. I was impressed with how quickly BT Infonet installed our circuits, and their local language help desks have given our Thailand IT staff a level of control over the network that they didn't have before."

Larry Malone, president of BT Infonet USA added, "With IP VPN Internet, Donaldson has the flexibility to try out MPLS on a single class of service basis. In the future, if new sites or new classes of service need to be rolled out, that can be done in a short amount of time. In addition, since the network is closely tied into their manufacturing cycle, we're supporting Donaldson with strong service level agreements."

About Donaldson Company, Inc.

Donaldson is a leading worldwide provider of filtration systems and replacement parts. Donaldson is a technology-driven company committed to satisfying customer needs for filtration solutions through innovative research and development. Donaldson serves customers in the industrial and diesel engine markets including in-plant air cleaning, compressed air and gas purification, power generation, disk drive filtration, off-road equipment and trucks. Our 10,000 employees contribute to the company's success at over 30 manufacturing locations around the world. Donaldson is a member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and Donaldson shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol DCI. Additional company information is available at

About BT Infonet

BT Infonet is a leading provider of managed network communications services for multinational entities, fully owned by BT Group and part of BT Global Services. BT Infonet offers integrated solutions optimizing the complex relationship between enterprise applications and the global network. BT Infonet provides local service support in over 70 countries and territories and its network is accessible from more than 180 countries.

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About BT

BT is one of the world's leading providers of communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Its principal activities include networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and internet products and services.

BT consists principally of three lines of business:

-- BT Retail, providing a comprehensive range of communications and related services to more than 20m UK consumers and businesses.

-- BT Wholesale, providing network services and solutions within the UK to more than 600 fixed and mobile operators and service providers including the provision of broadband and private circuits.

-- BT Global Services, providing networked IT services to meet the needs of multi-site organizations globally. BT Global Services operates in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.

In the year ended 31 March 2005, BT Group's turnover was GBP 18,623 million with profit before goodwill amortization, exceptional items and taxation of GBP 2,085 million.

BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group.

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