BellSouth Inks Internetworking Deal with Sprint

BellSouth Corp., the nations third-largest local phone company, said yesterday it has signed an internetworking agreement with Sprint Nextel Corp.

The deal enables connectivity for BellSouths IP data customers; BellSouth expects to launch that service in the first quarter of 2006. BellSouth will use its private IP backbone in the southeastern United States and interconnect with Sprints network in other regions.

The agreements terms were not disclosed.

BellSouths data technology will use MPLS to allow internetworking of multiple access methods. The nationwide service will transport data across both BellSouth and Sprint MPLS networks. The service will provide a managed network-based solution regardless of customer location.

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