Pan-European DSL rollout

Pan-European DSL rollout

Nokia has signed an agreement to supply network equipment for KPNQwest BV's planned pan-European rollout of high-speed Internet access services based on digital subscriber line (DSL) technology.

KPNQwest, as a first step, will launch commercial DSL services in Germany in this year's third quarter, the companies said.

As soon as ongoing deregulation efforts allow, the Netherlands-based operator plans to launch similar services in other European countries.

Espoo, Finland-based Nokia will supply KPNQwest with DSL equipment, including broadband Internet protocol (IP) access system components and network management software, as well as a wide range of related services.

Financial terms of the deal were not available.

KPNQwest, a joint venture between Dutch telecommunications operator Royal KPN NV and US-based network carrier Qwest Communications International, offers Internet access and other IP-based services, aimed mainly at businesses, in 15 European countries.

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