KPMG upgrades to ATM backbone

KPMG Australia finished a massive networking project last week incorporating an enterprise-wide IT and network backbone upgrade.

The multinational accounting and advisory company upgraded its national voice and data network using a Jtec ATM solution.

Stuart McGregor, KPMG's national IT manager, said the network is designed to give users increased bandwidth, guaranteed quality of service (QoS), and faster access to e-mail and Internet services.

He said the decision to adopt ATM as the company's voice and data traffic and frame relay for pure data traffic connections follows advice it received from independent consultants.

KPMG's decision to use Jtec follows a long relationship between the two companies.

The backbone upgrade coincides with the completion of a networked application upgrade in late 1998, incorporating KPMG's e-mail, Internet, intranet, voice and voicemail systems.

"We needed the network to be scalable and flexible," McGregor said.

"The business benefit is the delivery of information on time, and the peace of mind it will be delivered on time," he said.

McGregor indicated the total project cost was in the millions, but declined to offer specific figures. "We're still counting the cost," he said.

Com Tech worked with Jtec and KPMG to conduct the network rollout, which saw the installation of Jtec's InterXchange J7000 range of ATM switches.

The product is designed to keep KPMG's network running with minimum downtime and provide flexible bandwidth allocation for adjusting between voice and data on a call-by-call basis.

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