Monday, March 28, 2005

Nortel Supplies Voice Security to U.S. Military

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has chosen a Nortel solution to enhance its Defense Switched Network (DSN). Nortel and DoD's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) -- with help from systems integrators General Dynamics and CSC -- will leverage existing communications equipment, upgrade hardware and add new software to transform the entire DoD managed voice network into a private network under complete DoD control. The new hardware and software will create a multifunction switch with full tandem and end office capability. It will support a full range of military-specific requirements including Multi-level Precedence and Preemption (MLPP) service, which ensures that calls are put through in order of priority in times of crisis. In addition to enhancing security, the network is expected to reduce operational costs. This has been achieved through a collaborative effort between DISA and the U.S. Air Force Communications Agency (AFCA). Financial terms were not disclosed.

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