Deutsche Telekom signs NGN deal with IBM

Deutsche Telekom and IBM announced that the companies will collaborate to transform the Deutsche Telekom / T-Com fixed line network into an NGN, a Wireless News report said.

The Wireless News report quoted the companies as saying that the agreement will include the development and management of advanced services.

This IP-based network transformation will include the entire range of Internet services and the high standards of telephony that are available today, the report said.

On behalf of Deutsche Telekom / T-Com, IBM has developed software-based services that in combination with IBM server technology will transform Deutsche Telekom / T-Com's service offerings.

As a result Deutsche Telekom fixed line customers will have a new range of services at their disposal, the firms said.

The long-term conversion of the German fixed line network into a NGN infrastructure based on Internet standards will combine the full range of services offered by the Internet and the high standards of telephony that are already available.

IBM has developed special software that runs entirely on standard IBM server technology and IBM software which makes it possible to transfer Deutsche Telecom's existing network communications structure to a new IP infrastructure.