Government chooses Manitoba phone company to provide IP and Ethernet services over a merged network for most ministries and agencies
Shared Services Canada, which is integrating a number of IT and telecommunications services across the federal government, has picked Manitoba’s phone company as its IP backbone carrier.
MTS said the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) managed service will help SSC deliver on its mandate to improve the efficiency, reliability and security of the government’s IT infrastructure.
By implementing an IP-based solution, voice, data and multimedia applications can be converged onto a single private network, simplifying the ability for network development and providing a higher overall return on infrastructure investment, the carrier said.
This, combined with the benefits of a switched Ethernet solution, will allow smooth and dependable sharing of information and applications across multiple LANs, it added.
“We have a long history of working with the federal government and will now have an even bigger role in creating greater efficiency in their network environment,” Dean Prevost, president of MTS’ Allstream division, which offers business services and will actually be the federal provider. “We’re very pleased that our solutions fit the government’s objective of efficiently using technology to increase productivity.”