Monday, February 17 12:23:46
eircom Business has deployed one of the country's most advanced next generation communications networks for Allied Irish Bank (AIB).
The new network supports the bank's digital strategy and forms a key part of the bank's wider future vision.
The contract was awarded to eircom Business following a competitive tender.
The fibre-based private broadband and Voice-over-IP telephony network has been deployed to 300 AIB locations, covering 12,500 users across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Britain.
For a project of such scale, the contract represented a number of industry firsts for both eircom and AIB, including being the largest private next generation network to be deployed across all three geographies and the first deployment of fully converged voice and data services technology within the financial services industry in Ireland.
By utilising fibre broadband with data transfer speeds from 20Mb up to 1 Gbps and internet telephony, AIB has consolidated its voice and data capabilities on a single network which lowers overall operating costs. For the customer, the new communications technology platform ensures the bank has the network capacity to fully support the rollout of new digital initiatives and services in the branches such as AIB WiFi, video conferencing, general work collaboration tools and shared email systems.
Commenting on the completion of the project, Denis Burke, Head of Telecoms at AIB said: "From the outset we set very clear business case objectives for this project. The investment we have undertaken provides us with a world class fibre network in every bank location to support our digital agenda and has resulted in the rollout of an IP-based phone to every desk, empowering our people with the most advanced telecoms capabilities around data, voice, WiFi and mobility."
"Working tightly with the team at eircom Business, AIB is now equipped with an even more sophisticated and forward proofed communications system and we are delighted to bring a wide range of exciting new digital based services to our branch network."
Speaking on behalf of eircom Business, Lorraine Butler, Director of Enterprise and Government said: "We have worked very closely with AIB on what is one of the largest deployments of a private next generation network and IP telephony project ever undertaken. We are very excited about the resulting benefits that this new technology platform delivers for AIB and especially how it has helped them to evolve the way they interact with their customers. I have no doubt that AIB will become a significant showcase and model for many businesses and organisations to follow in the move towards the integration of voice and data over a single network for the digital age."