DFTS is being delivered by BT in partnership with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Defence Communications Service Agency (DCSA).
Connecting over 240,000 users at over 1,500 sites across the UK and overseas, DFTS has consolidated all existing defence networks to deliver unified voice, data, Lan interconnectivity and Wan services for the Royal Navy, British Army, the Royal Air Force and MoD Centre.
The new network is now live, with the first services being delivered in September 2006.
To ensure the network could continue to meet MoD requirements for network flexibility, security and operational efficiency, BT re-evaluated its vendor partners for the project as part of a recent contract extension negotiation.
“The performance and reliability targets for the revised contract were ambitious, and given the mission-critical nature of defence there is no room for compromise - this is why we chose to work with Juniper Networks,” said Tony Reeve, DFTS programme director at BT Global Services.
The MoD has transferred traffic to the new network based on Juniper routers, including M-series multiservice routing platforms and J-series service routers.
BT has also deployed NetScreen-5200 high-performance integrated firewall/IPSec VPN security systems to provide network protection and defence.
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