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December 10, 2004
TORONTO -- Allstream, one of Canada's leading national communication solutions providers and BT(1) (NYSE: BT - News), a leading provider of global IT and networking solutions, today announced that the two companies have come together to determine how they can provide innovative communication solutions to Canadian and multinational companies with cross- border and international requirements. Today's announcement strengthens the existing relationship between the two companies which began in 1999.
The companies will leverage the strength of their respective brands, IP-based technology, managed applications and industry expertise to offer Canadian and multinational customers an exciting range of global IT and network services. Allstream will be able to both extend its global reach and gain access to BT's advanced product and network services portfolio on a worldwide basis. BT will continue to use Allstream to connect its global customers who have requirements in Canada.
The first outcome of this collaboration is the launch of Allstream's Global Business IP service, which extends the reach of Allstream's national MPLS network by leveraging BT's extensive global network(2) to offer seamless international service and support to enterprise customers. The service will allow customers to interconnect locations worldwide simply and efficiently.
The Global Business IP collaboration extends Allstream and BT's longstanding relationship whereby BT provides global private line services to Allstream. Furthermore, Allstream continues to be BT's preferred supplier of data services in Canada.
"We are very excited to extend our relationship with BT to include IP and advanced managed services," said John MacDonald, President, Allstream. "This collaboration is a perfect example of how we can enable our customers to harness the power of global IP-based services and managed applications. Both organizations share similar visions and business approaches to bring complete enterprise solutions to large multinational customers. Both companies have an extensive MPLS network, a broad portfolio of innovative IP-based solutions, and strong IT services practices. By sharing best practices, knowledge and expertise, we can bring the best advanced solutions to the global market."
"BT has firmly re-established its presence in the Americas and we continue to expand both our size and capabilities," said Chuck Pol, President & COO, BT Americas. "We are pleased to join forces with Allstream to bring the benefits of BT's global capabilities and the digital networked economy to all Canadian enterprises."
BT Group plc
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