Espoo city's multiservice network will interconnect the city's 568 offices. Song and Fujitsu will design and build the multiservice network as well as combine the voice services with the city's data communications network. Mobile services will be provided in collaboration with Nokia.
The actual work will commence early next year and is estimated to be completed in the summer of 2005. In addition to technological benefits the city of Espoo is seeking to achieve savings in the city's voice and data communication costs. The new solution will also create better opportunities for developing mobile services and enhancing information security.
"The most significant change to the current system is employing one single switchboard for managing both the city's fixed and mobile phones", says IT Manager Ritva Tolvanen.
The city's staff will have only one phone number and either a fixed or a mobile phone, but not both. Currently there are approximately 7,000 fixed phones and 2,700 mobiles of which the combined amount will be reduced by a third.
"Besides bringing considerable technological advantages the solution provided by Song and Fujitsu will create an excellent framework for long-term development of Espoo's data and voice services. For instance the growing demands of mobile work require that we provide new solutions", says Ritva Tolvanen.
Fujitsu has since March 2003 been responsible for the IT infrastructure of Espoo city's schools and libraries. In all, the Provia services of Espoo cover 160 servers and 3,800 workstations.
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Date: 21 syyskuu, 2004