BT Infonet

BT Infonet

November 09, 2005 17:00 ET

BT Infonet's Application Centric VPN Service Honored With Frost & Sullivan's IP Communications Product of the Year Award

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Nov 9, 2005) -

BT Infonet, a leading provider of managed network communications services for multinational entities, today announced its next generation MPLS virtual private network service, Application Centric VPN (AC VPN), has been honored with Frost & Sullivan's 2005 IP Communications Product of the Year Award. The award was presented to BT Infonet last night at Frost & Sullivan's Excellence in ICT Awards Banquet in London.

Every year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has developed and introduced an innovative technology that offers significant contributions to the ICT industry. The award also recognizes BT Infonet's overall technical excellence and its commitment toward communications technology innovation.

AC VPN was developed by BT Infonet to act as a distributed intelligent system that adapts to the overall bandwidth, performance and application performance targets defined by multinational corporations to achieve their operational business requirements. AC VPN allows for the dynamic optimization of applications at each site, based not only on local conditions, but also on the conditions of the entire global network -- an important capability for multinationals with sophisticated networking requirements.

"As part of its ongoing technological innovation, BT Infonet has developed a superior VPN solution that incorporates application management and offers dynamic allocation of resources to support business objectives," said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst, ICT Europe, Fernando Elizalde. "Frost & Sullivan is proud to recognize BT Infonet with the IP Communications - 2005 Product of the Year Award for AC VPN and the advancements in communications technology the company has commercialized."

"Several of our clients are already seeing less interruption of business processes, faster time to determine and correct performance issues and more productive use of their IT resources using AC VPN," said Jean-Noel Moneton, vice president of Network Services Marketing for BT Infonet. "Positive third-party validation such as this award confirms AC VPN's value proposition. We're thrilled that Frost & Sullivan has recognized our more than 25 year history of innovation in VPN services."

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, a global growth consulting company, has been partnering with clients to support the development of innovative strategies for more than 40 years. The company's industry expertise integrates growth consulting, growth partnership services, and corporate management training to identify and develop opportunities. Frost & Sullivan serves an extensive clientele that includes Global 1000 companies, emerging companies, and the investment community by providing comprehensive industry coverage that reflects a unique global perspective and combines ongoing analysis of markets, technologies, econometrics, and demographics. For more information, visit www.frost.com.

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.

Additional information about BT Infonet is available at www.bt.infonet.com.

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 20 million 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.

From January 2006, there will be a fourth business called openreach. This business will be responsible for the nationwide local BT network which covers the "first mile" of wires that connects homes and businesses across the UK to their service providers. openreach will provide communications providers with services and products associated with that network.

In the year ended 31 March 2005, BT Group's turnover was GBP 18,623 million with profit before taxation of GBP 2,354 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.

For more information, visit www.bt.com/aboutbt

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