Irish parliament deploys converged IP network


Irish parliament deploys converged IP network

Antony Savvas

The Irish National Parliament (Oireachtas) has deployed an Alcatel-Lucent converged IP network to improve the communications services that can be delivered to users, irrespective of their location. 

The installation, which was designed and implemented by Alcatel-Lucent business partner NextiraOne Ireland, involved converging an Alcatel-Lucent telephony solution with an Alcatel-Lucent data solution at Leinster House in Dublin, home of the parliament.

NextiraOne based the organisation's new telephony solution on an Alcatel-Lucent OmniPCX Enterprise communications system, which is now fully integrated into the Alcatel-Lucent local area network (Lan), allowing the Oireachtas to take advantage of technologies such as voice over IP across the organisation. 

In order to reduce costs and improve interaction between staff, the parliament’s ICT unit specified an IP-based solution that would effectively integrate remote sites and users - giving them the same functionality as employees based in Leinster House. 

The solution therefore allows connectivity between 200 remote sites across a wide area network.

The Oireachtas has based its new converged solution on the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch data portfolio - incorporating chassis and stackable solutions - and the OmniPCX Enterprise IP telephony platform, including the installation of 1,100 IP extensions with Alcatel-Lucent 4068 IP Touch handsets. 

The NextiraOne solution will also be able to deliver unified communications in the near future, to facilitate easy access to voicemail, fax messages and other data, to further enhance internal communications across the organisation.

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