Brandenburg has placed a major, eight-figure telecommunications order with T-Systems. Deutsche Telekom will provide the infrastructure and components for telephony and the wide-area network of the state’s administration. Sites can be connected with up to ten gigabits in future, up to ten times more bandwidth than was previously available. The contract was signed for a term of five years, with an optional extension to eight years.
Patrick Molck-Ude, responsible for telecommunications business with corporate customers at Deutsche Telekom, said: “The state is now getting a high-security all-IP network. It is not only faster, but will also serve as the foundation for digitalising administration. Deutsche Telekom is implementing unified communications in Brandenburg, for example, a new communication technology that enables teamwork via conference call, video and chat, as well as online collaboration on documents.”
Josef Nußbaum, first Managing Director of Brandenburg’s internal IT service provider ZIT-BB, said, “By signing this contract for the evolution of LVN 5.0, the state’s administrative network, we will ensure that the IT infrastructure of Brandenburg’s state administration meets current and future demands for performance from the functional, security and economic perspectives. For instance, we are upgrading our telephony technology to pure IP-based voice solutions for the state administration. We are also ensuring the necessary high-availability, high-performance connection of mobile ports to the state’s administrative network, to serve the increasing use of mobile data transfer and mobile apps in the state administration.”
Future BSI certification for high-security network
The new administrative network will also raise the bar for security. Brandenburg intends to have the network certified by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). Mobile communications services were also part of the bid invitation. 5,000 employees of the state administration will use Deutsche Telekom’s network for mobile work on the go in future. Brandenburg isn’t the only federal state to award a long-term contract to Deutsche Telekom, either: the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also recently decided in favour of services from T-Systems.