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NATO continues to entrust Thales with operation of communications network in Afghanistan

22nd February 2011 - 05:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


NATO has confirmed the role of Thales as operator of highly-secured Communication and Information Systems to the benefit of the nations of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) for two additional years. This success reflects how thoroughly satisfied the users have been with regard to the quality of the service provided. and reinforces the partnership between all the stakeholders concerned, public and private.

For almost 4 years, Thales has been successfully providing innovative, secure communication and information system services for over 7000 NATO users via multiple points of presence distributed over the entire Afghan territory. The Thales solution is thus at the heart of the Afghan Mission Network, a network that federates all Information and Communication Systems on the theatre of operations.

"We are very proud of the renewed trust shown in us by NATO for such a sensitive issue as the outsourcing of its communications capabilities, with all the security aspects that this involves," explains Pascale Sourisse, Thales SVP in charge of C4I Defence and Security Systems activities. "This success testifies to the suitability of our offering, which aims at providing turnkey services as a network operator, guaranteeing the user a solution that is always available and reliable."

The system, as deployed and operated by Thales in Afghanistan, uses a wide variety of technologies: satellite, point-to-point radio links, fibre optics, secure VoIP and video on demand. It also offers data storage and backup capabilities for users and military business applications. The Thales solution also guarantees very high telecommunications service availability (greater than 99.8%). To achieve this objective, NATO is able to call upon the highly qualified and NATO-certified Thales teams, and especially those located on-site, to ensure the operation of the system on an uninterrupted 24/7 basis.

Source: Thales

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