Denver, November 23, 1999--Qwest Communications International Inc., the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that KPNQwest has been chosen by Baan, the enterprise solutions company, to provide an Internet Protocol-based virtual private network (IP-VPN) solution to Baan offices around the world. This represents KPNQwest's first IP-VPN deal and is also a major commitment by Baan who is consolidating its IPl network VPN requirements with one supplier.
KPNQwest is supplying Baan with an IP transit connection of 4 Mbit/s together with two VPN tunnels of 1 Mbit/s, between the dual Baan headquarters in Barneveld, The Netherlands and Herndon, VA, in the United States, and other offices in Santa Clara, CA, USA. In addition KPNQwest provided support for the annual Baanworld convention in Vienna, Austria, (November 10-12, 1999) by supplying an additional two megabites per second IP tunnel connection between the headquarters and the convention site.
Bob Boersema, Global Network Manager for Baan, said: "Our decision to consolidate our IP transit and virtual private network needs with KPNQwest has three advantages: cost, speed and flexibility. They are able to deliver massive IP capacity based on their fibre backbone at a very competitive price, but more importantly they have demonstrated their flexibility in customising the virtual private network solution to our needs."
Rhett Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for KPNQwest, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Baan to help them deliver a seamless, high-speed IP service to their employees. I believe that the future of data networking, quite literally, depends on IP VPNs. With them, users can make the application-to-network linkage so easily that individual departments can use VPN data services the same way they often use voice telephone services today."
About Virtual Private Networks
VPNs allow users working at home or on the road to connect securely to a remote corporate server using the routing infrastructure provided the Internet. From the user's perspective, the VPN is a point-to-point connection between the user's computer and a corporate server. It appears to the user as if the data is being sent over a dedicated private link.
VPN technology also allows a corporation to connect to branch offices or to other companies over the Internet, while maintaining secure communications. The VPN connection across the Internet logically operates as a Wide Area Network (WAN) link between the sites.In both of these cases, the secure connection across the Internet appears to the user as a private network communication- even though this communication travels over a public network-hence the name 'Virtual Private Network'.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, spans more than 18,500 miles in the United States, with an additional 315-mile network to be completed by the end of the year. In addition, KPNQwest, Qwest's European joint venture with KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, is building and will operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet-based network that will span 9,150 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
KPNQwest (NASDAQ & ASE: KQIP) is a leading facilities-based, pan-European provider of data-centric Internet protocol-based services to business customers. It is deploying a technologically advanced fibre-optic network connecting 39 cities throughout Europe, enabling the company to provide a broad range of high-speed, high-quality data-centric Internet protocol-based services and other advanced telecommunications services. The network is seamlessly connected with Qwest's 18,800 route mile fibre-optic network that links over 150 US cities. KPNQwest is the one of the largest business ISPs in Europe with operations in 14 countries. The company has 12 cybercentres and plans a further 6 mega-cybercentres, of which two will be extensions of existing cybercentres, on its high-capacity fibre-optic network to provide web-hosting, application sharing and telehousing services.
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