Equant (NYSE: ENT has won the Frost & Sullivan 2002 Market Engineering Leadership Award for its position in the European IP VPN services market.

Equant won the award based on its increasing geographical presence, penetration of new products, and strong growth in its corporate IP VPN customer base.

In considering award candidates, Frost & Sullivan analysts quantified several market factors, using interviews with market participants, customers, and suppliers, along with extensive additional research.

Equant, a member of the France Telecom Group with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, says it also is providing the industry’s first Modular VPN feature set.

Modular VPN provides the ability for IP VPN customers to create different intranet communities within their single intranet solution. The network’s IP technology also enables the evolution to convergent technologies, such as voice and video over IP.

Equant says IP VPN has undergone continual development to ensure it meets the evolving requirements of multinational corporations.

The first feature in the set, Multiple VPN, is available worldwide and enables multinational corporations to share resources between separate intranet communities created for different divisions. It is already in use with 20 multinational companies.

Equant also announced that it has launched Application Visualizer, which allows customers to ensure the high performance of their business-critical applications running over their networks.

Deployed already with three major European multinational companies, Application Visualizer enables businesses to track more than 2,900 standard applications, in addition to any customized applications, they may be running on their networks.

Using technology from Compuware, statistical data is gathered in real time, processed and can be accessed from customers’ desktops. In addition, Application Visualizer includes real-time alerts, reports and advice.

Equant: www.equant.com