Alcatel (ALA) has been awarded a contract by China's Ministry of Public Security to deploy a next generation network.

Under the terms of the contract, Alcatel will provide an integrated IP communication solution to meet the large capacity needs of the Ministry and provide efficient and secure communications across 32 provinces and cities. In addition to rich telephony features, the network also supports a wide variety of advanced IP-based multimedia services, such as presence-enhanced phone book, which enables a user to see a contact's current availability, push-to-show, which enables a user to see a contact's agenda or video conference, push-to-talk and instant messaging.

Upon the completion of the project by the end of September 2006 , the staff of the Ministry of Public Security of China will be able to enjoy interactive and multimedia services including video telephony and video conferencing.

The new network, including the IMS-compliant Alcatel 5020 Softswitch and Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise, will significantly enhance the organization's operating efficiency with assured quality and performance, while maintaining a seamless connection with the existing voice networks in the second-layer cities.

Ma Xiaodong, Chief Engineer, Information & Communication Department Ministry of Public Security of China said, "We are partnering with Alcatel to help us define the optimal way forward for our traditional voice networks. Not only will the quality and efficiency of our work be enhanced with reliable and advanced communications, but Alcatel's industry leading solutions will also support the development of our networks now and in the future."

This is the second nationwide next generation network (NGN) network deployed by a government organization in China, following the one deployed by Alcatel for the China State Council Information Office in 2005.


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