Jordan Telecom switches from ATM to Ethernet

Jordanian telco giant leverages United Business Machines expertise to migrate its IT network from ATM to a Cisco-based Gigabit Ethernet solution.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  December 28, 2004

Jordan Telecom has announced that it has successfully migrated its IT network infrastructure from ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) technology to Gigabit Ethernet technology in a bid to further enhance the level of performance, security, availability, management and monitoring of the system. The migration of the network was successfully implemented and managed by a joint team from both Jordan Telecoms-Information Systems Sector & UBM (United Business Machines), the Jordanian enterprise ICT solutions provider. “Jordan Telecom’s network is considered one of the most advanced in the region, and is being backed up by an state-of-art infrastructure,” says Rula Ammuri, chief information officer (CIO) at Jordan Telecom. “As the network is considered the backbone of all communication services available in the kingdom we believe that it is a must to upgrade and develop the network,” he adds. By Migrating to Cisco systems Gigabit switches, Jordan Telecom has managed to raise the performance of the network from 155Mbytes/s to Gigabit between its major buildings and has also allowed it to to have fully redundant links. Jordan Telecom considers Gigabit Ethernet the best strategic choice for high-speed, high-bandwidth networks. The five-month project included redesigning the Jordan Telecom campus network to comply with Cisco AVVID guidelines, and migrating the HQ users to Cisco switching technologies. In addition, the old IP addressing schema was migrated to new IP addresses to comply with the RFC standards. Jordan Telecom has also boosted its LAN security and is now ready for the state-of-the-art security technologies delivered by Cisco 6513 Gigabit switches. “In network migration projects, the downtime of client’s network is a very critical element, especially when the client is delivering services to his customers,” says UBM’s project manager Muntasir Asa’d. “By intensive and proper planning, and with the dedication of JT and UBM teams, we have succeeded to achieve almost no network downtime during migration implementation” says JT Project Manager Shaher Al-Sharif. UBM Jordanian employees shared their know-how with the IT team at Jordan Telecom by providing training courses to the employees in order to enable them manage the network and interact with the migrated network easily. “The cooperation, the commitment and the team work which we received from UBM have been key factors in the success of this project. The expertise of UBM in migrating networks and their long term relationship with the telecommunication sector and Jordan Telecom has played a key role in depending on a local company to implement this project, and we are looking forward for future cooperation in other projects,” says Ammuri.

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