BellSouth Eyes Bigger Piece of Managed Services Pie
BellSouth Corp. is planning to lift an ever-increasing burden of networking duties off the enterprise shoulder as it continues to upgrade its regional MPLS network.ATLANTABellSouth Corp. is planning to lift an ever-increasing burden of networking duties off the enterprise shoulder as it continues to upgrade its regional MPLS network. By the third quarter of this year, the company will add ATM and Metro Ethernet access to the regional data network, which it unveiled earlier this year. The addition of the higher-speed access technologies will make BellSouths managed network services available to larger enterprises, such as state governments and large banks, company officials said. Within six months, the network will be able to carry voice-over-IP traffic, which the company hopes will attract the remote offices of large regional enterprises as well as medium-sized businesses currently using VoIP on site.
"A lot of cutting edge stuff that is happening right now is happening in medium businesses out of necessity," said Mark Kaish, vice president of data marketing and product management at BellSouth in Atlanta.