Nectec Picks Newbridge To Supply National Network

BANGKOK (03/03/2000) - Newbridge Networks Inc. has announced that Thailand's National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) has chosen the Newbridge multi-service broadband platform for a new national voice and data network.

Once completed, the network will span all of Thailand's 76 provinces, providing a high-speed communications link between the country's government agencies.

The Government Information Network (GiNet) was designed by Nectec and built on the MainStreetXpress 36170 Multiservices Switch. The network allows employees in different government departments to communicate more efficiently with one another, as well as facilitating the sharing and exchange of information.

The network also provides a broad range of Internet Protocol (IP)-based services. Newbridge worked with local partner Teo-Hong Silom Co. to supply the hardware and software for the network.

"GiNet is a key IT infrastructure designed to serve the unique communications requirements of Thailand's public sector," said Danai Milindavanij, head of Nectec's network technology laboratory. "GiNet government offices scattered throughout the country will be able to communicate, exchange and share critical information more efficiently at mouse-click speed, all from the desktop."

The MainStreetXpress 36170 MultiServices Switch provides a broad range of interfaces that enable service providers like GiNet to offer a wide range of service offerings including native cell relay, circuit emulation for advanced private line services, IP-based virtual private network (VPN) services and xDSL (digital subscriber line technologies).

"Newbridge is delighted to have been selected by GiNet, our first government contract in Thailand," said Anthony Wong, managing director of Newbridge Networks, South Asia. "Our solution not only enables the country's entire government population to enjoy a wide range of premium quality IP services which facilitate communication, but also provides them with the additional benefit of end-to-end network and service management."

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