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France awards Symphonie contract to Airbus

23rd January 2018 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Airbus has received the Symphonie contract from the French joint services directorate for defence infrastructure networks and information systems for a period of seven years, the company announced on 17 January.

The contract is a part of the Descartes programme which will modernise the telecommunication networks of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.

Symphonie will offer a telephony service at 1,500 sites in France as well as across overseas territories for 270,000 users at the French Ministry of the Armed Forces.

With Symphonie, the core of the telephony network which carries communications between sites will make the transition from the ISDN technology provided by the Socrate network to a VoIP system.

Symphonie also includes the deployment of new network management centres, cybersecurity management centres and operational support for seven years; and a high-security ‘resilient’ service, which functions even in the event of a major emergency.

The new solution will be deployed by the end of 2018.

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