AgustaWestland boosts network availability

Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has installed a network comprising three Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprises platforms running over a fibre infrastructure in a bid to ensure it does not lose more than a third of its network at any one time.

Helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has installed a network comprising three Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprises platforms running over a fibre infrastructure in a bid to ensure it does not lose more than a third of its network at any one time.

The Alcatel system replaces a network which AgustaWestland said had become unreliable and expensive, failing for more than 24 hours on several occasions over the past two years. The firm said the new network had cut costs by a fifth by providing improved availability at a lower cost.

The network covers about 100 buildings and 4,000 users working across AgustaWestland's UK site in Yeovil, Somerset. It is described as IP-ready and offering "all the functionality of IP telephony" by its installer Echo/ttml.

An Alcatel spokesman said, "Although IP telephony uptake is on the increase, it is clear that not all organisations are ready or able to upgrade, and it is vital that these end-users are not ignored by telephony suppliers."

Three-quarters of global enterprises expect to migrate to a fully converged IP-network by 2008, according to analyst firm IDC. Cost savings are one of the major drivers for the move, it said .

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