IP backbones for e-Government networks

8 May 2002 -- The City of Hamburg, Germany, has deployed Cisco Systems' network technology as the basis of an IP City backbone for e-Government and e-Learning schemes

8 May 2002 -- Aiming to meet the German Government's objectives of having most processes handled electronically by 2005, the City of Hamburg has deployed Cisco Systems' network technology as the basis of an IP City backbone for e-Government and e-Learning schemes by its citizens. Many local government entities such as Finance, Justice, the Police and Education have requested multi-bandwidth solutions.
Cisco worked with German consultancy, ComConsult, to provide a Layer 3 switching metro infrastructure for the provision of multi-bandwidth solutions from 100MB to 10GB at the edge, via deployment of 15 Catalyst 6509 and 30 Cisco 7206VXR routers and SDH as a transport technology.

The new backbone will also provide the foundations for further network developments and multi-bandwidth applications, such as IP-telephony, Netflow/Accounting and caching and content strategies.

Cisco's Internet routers are also being deployed by the Swiss Federal Office for Information Technology and telecommunication (FOITT) for its new MPLS VPN-based high-speed network infrastructure. This will enable it to provide services like e-Learning programmes for strategic e-Government projects, along with video and voice applications, as well as support for critical SAP implementation and access for key business customers and their data-intensive server farms.

FOITT will offer carrier-class services to other departments of the federal government and the Swiss Cantons. It chose Cisco's 12416 Internet Router to scale the bandwidth in the core up to 10Gbit/s, the 7609 Internet Router MPLS edge device and Catalyst 6509 to transform the existing infrastructure into a campus-based design to deploy end-to-end services.
Swisscom Enterprise Solution, the System Integration Division of the largest carrier in Switzerland, won the contract to build the network.

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