TeliaSonera strengthens its position on the European IP market

TeliaSonera strengthens its position on the European IP market

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TS IC) has gained continued
confidence when DANTE renewed its contract to buy IP transit for the pan-
European gigabit research network GÉANT. The deal confirms TS IC's
position as one of the leading suppliers of IP transit in Europe.

The multi-million Euro contract represents one of TS IC's largest IP
transit customers. In the terms of the contract, TS IC agree to supply
IP connectivity with speeds ranging from 2.5 Gbit/s to STM-4, from the
following six IP-nodes; London, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Zürich, Madrid and

"We made a thorough evaluation of TeliaSonera's ability to maintain the
provision of IP transit for the GÉANT network", says Matthew Scott,
Chief Financial Officer of DANTE. "The decision to extend our existing
contract with TeliaSonera was based upon the company's continued
capability to meet our demanding requirements. They have proved to be a
very reliable partner, and we are highly satisfied with what they

In July 2001, TS IC was appointed one of the main suppliers of
international capacity in the build-up of the new GÉANT network. And in
July 2002, TS IC became one of two suppliers providing IP transit to
GÉANT in 18 European countries.

"In terms of usage, the volume of traffic transmitted to and from GÉANT
has increased by 50 percent in the last six months", says Anders
Ericsson, Vice President and Head of Sales at TS IC. "As TeliaSonera
International Carrier is also the supplier to the university networks
Cesnet and Belnet, our company is the largest supplier of IP-transit to
university networks in Europe. Our strong position on the IP market is
also confirmed by the 47 per cent increase in revenues during last
quarter compared to the same quarter year-on-year."

About DANTE and the GÉANT network
DANTE, a Cambridge based organisation set up to build and manage
advanced network services for the European research and educational
community, is the co-ordinating partner of the GÉANT consortium and
responsible for the construction of GÉANT. GÉANT, the pan-European
gigabit research network, enables European scientists to compete on an
international stage by providing them with a world-class backbone that
offers the bandwidth and the Quality of Service required for research
and development activities at this level. It represents the basis for
the introduction of 'virtual laboratories' and 'virtual institutes' in
Europe. More information on DANTE and on GÉANT is available on the DANTE
web site at

For further information journalists may contact:
Olof Joos, Segment Manager, TeliaSonera International Carrier,
Ph +46 8 713 32 25, Mob +46 70 660 38 39
Dale Robertson, Public Relations Manager, DANTE Ltd, Ph +44 1223 302992

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