Energis is preparing to test virtual network services that will provide customers with digital voice and IP data communications, without the need for equipment on their premises.
Energis will pilot its virtual private data networking offering with three UK firms - one multinational, one national and one high street retailer, it said.
The BT rival will seek ways to manage the companies? multiple sites using IP communications applications such as email, videoconferencing and Web meetings.
Chris Burke, director of network operations and engineering at Energis, said: ?We will be managing equipment for remote access dial-in and corporate internetworking using cell connect ATM or Lan connect frame relay.?
Organisations can either outsource the management of their routers and other data networking hardware or the telco can host Web servers. Said Burke: ?We are testing with three very demanding beta customers. We know all about voice virtual private networking but we need to test the voice element.?
Energis will use Nortel?s range of Internet access switches which the telecomms equipment hardware vendor inherited from its acquisition of Aptis in March.
* Energis released its year end results and revealed it is considering bidding for one of a handful of licences to run the next generation mobile communications network when this is auctioned by the government next summer.
Year end turnover leapt 73 per cent to #167.9 million on a loss of #33.9 million. Losses last year were #54.1 million.
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