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Secure IP network for foreign embassy

SITA : 10 July, 2007  (Application Story)
Algerian embassy to implement 10 year voice and data secure network in French consulates and foreign embassies around the world using SITA.
SITA has been selected by the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide a highly secure global Wide Area Network (WAN) for its 45 embassies worldwide and its 18 consulates in France.

The migration from a legacy network environment to an IP-based network is expected to deliver cost savings exceeding US$3 million over a five-year period and it is also the first time that SITA has been tapped by a national government to provide this type of service.

Due to the nature of governmental activity, the WAN needs to be highly secure. Not only is the solution SITA brings to the table very secure, it also allows many of the sites across the globe to leverage Voice over Internet Protocol, commonly known as VoIP, to drive down communication costs.

Menad Habbak, Director of Technical Services at the Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, 'SITA's reputation in the global arena is unrivalled. We looked at existing solutions and compared them to what SITA presented, and the decision was an easy one. We wanted a highly secure, competitive and global solution, and that is exactly what they provided.'

Khodr Akil, SITA Regional Vice President for Africa, said, 'We are honoured that the Algerian government chose SITA as a partner in this global venture. We have a long history of providing IP-based networks to customers in the air transport industry, and we are confident our solution will exceed expectations in areas like service delivery, reliability and security for the Algerian government. We look forward to developing this partnership over the coming decade.'

From a technical perspective, SITA's solution comprises the underlying network, an Internet Protocol (IP)-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) for connectivity with high-level security built in, DSL access to the VPN, VoIP services to reduce communication spend, and local 24/7 service management.

Potential future services being discussed on top of the initial agreement include Internet Direct, SITA's world class international Internet backbone infrastructure which efficiently routes access requests to the Internet, and SITA IP Fax, a set of global IP e-mail-based fax services designed for enterprises that exchange large quantities of business critical documents, such as embassies and consulates.
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