Telia Finland Protects Internet Customers with Network-Based Firewalls from Nortel Networks
Residential, Small Business Customers Benefit from Affordable Protection from Internet Hacker Attacks BOSTON, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - Telia Finland is deploying the network-based firewall functionality of the Shasta 5000 BSN (Broadband Service Node) from Nortel Networks (NYSE/TSE: NT) to offer secure DSL and dial-up Internet access to its small and medium business customers. ``We are bringing the high-performance Internet, at affordable prices, to our customers with services such as network-based firewalls,'' said Juha Heinanen, director of technology, Telia Finland. ``Network-based firewall services are the first phase in our services strategy to provide customers with secure access to the broadband Internet. Nortel Networks understands our need for aggressive DSL deployment and scalable subscriber management features, and provided us with a seamless migration to services with the Shasta 5000.'' As a full service telecommunications provider, Telia Finland (www.telia.fi) has implemented the Shasta 5000 BSN's network-based firewalls to offer enhanced, secure value-added services typically unavailable to the mass market of small to medium sized businesses. Telia Finland customers have taken advantage of the cost-effective, network-based firewall capabilities of the Shasta 5000 BSN as basic protection against the well-publicized risks of ``hacker'' attacks to ``always-on'' DSL-based Internet access. Additional enhanced services, including VPNs, will be offered to Telia Finland customers throughout the year. According to Tim Johnson, lead analyst on Ovum's Access@Ovum advisory service, ``Telia Finland clearly sees the need to add value to their network offerings with services like secure DSL. Network-based firewalls will be one of many services that customers will want as DSL spreads out to mass markets. It looks as though Telia Finland is positioning to win a good share of the access and IP services market, which could be worth $40 billion in Europe by 2006.'' ``Juha Heinanen and Telia Finland are visionaries when it comes to broadband services,'' said Anthony Alles, president and general manager, Shasta IP Services, Nortel Networks. ``Telia Finland addresses the needs of their customers by offering secure services using network-based firewalls and soon VPNs. With Telia Finland's help, the small to medium sized business market in Finland now has access to traditional CPE-based services without the need for additional hardware, technical expertise and resources to deploy and maintain these `high-touch' services.'' The network-based firewall function of the Shasta 5000 BSN offers mass market, anti-hacking protection for DSL-based Internet subscribers. The Shasta 5000 is currently in deployment with service providers around the world who are preparing for the transition from early technology trials to mass market deployment of DSL and other broadband access technologies. The Shasta 5000 BSN is designed to power the subscriber edge of the network, where last mile technologies like DSL, cable, dial and other broadband technologies meet the Internet backbone and where broadband subscribers will meet broadband services. The Shasta 5000 enables carriers, competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to increase their competitive advantage in transitioning from the simple connectivity model enabled by first generation subscriber management systems, to a profitable, network-based, value-added services model. The Shasta 5000 enables the aggregation of tens of thousands of subscribers in a single chassis. Its unique multi-processor architecture with a capacity of more than 100 CPUs provides the Shasta 5000 with the unparalleled processing power to apply sophisticated services to each individual subscriber. Services supported include network-based firewalls, traffic engineering, and IP-VPN for secure corporate access and for Intranet/Extranet outsourcing -- all provisioned by the service provider. Nortel Networks is a global leader in telephony, data, wireless and wireline solutions for the Internet. The Company had 1998 revenues of US$17.6 billion and serves carrier, service provider and enterprise customers globally. Today, Nortel Networks is creating a high-performance Internet that is more reliable and faster than ever before. It is redefining the economics and quality of networking and the Internet through Unified Networks that promise a new era of collaboration, communications and commerce. Visit us at www.nortelnetworks.com -30- For further information: Media Relations: Todd T. Cabral, Nortel Networks, (978) 288-4268, firstname.lastname@example.org; Paul Goyette, Nortel Networks, (905) 863-4702, email@example.com; Investor Relations: Angela McMonagle, Nortel Networks, (905) 863-6044, firstname.lastname@example.org; Archived images on this organization are available through CNW E-Pix at www.newswire.ca. Images are free to members of The Canadian Press.
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