Wales Goes Borderless With Cisco

Wales will become the first country in the world to connect all its public agencies through a 'borderless' broadband network

April 1, 2010

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CARDIFF, U.K. -- Wales, U.K., will become the first country in the world to connect all its public agencies through a “borderless” broadband network. Through a groundbreaking project known as Public Sector Broadband Aggregation (PSBA), using Cisco Systems technology, the Welsh Assembly Government is creating a national network covering all hospitals, doctors’ offices, local governments, universities and colleges.

Already 2,000 public sector sites are connected to this network. The figure is expected to rise to 10,000 over the next few years as other public services such as schools, police, fire and ambulance are linked. Eventually all 350,000 public sector workers in Wales – including several thousand home-based staff – will be able to access the network.

“What the PSBA project is doing in Wales is an example for business and public sector organizations across the world,” said Phil Smith, Vice President and CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., UK and Ireland.Deputy First Minister of Wales Ieuan Wyn Jones participated in the Cisco announcement and reinforced Wales’ determination to stay at the forefront of broadband adoption worldwide: “Wales is recreating itself as a smart, digital nation with a clear long-term strategy based on a practical approach that makes the most of our agility, which is every small nation’s natural advantage over larger competitors.”

The PSBA network in Wales is being created over a seven-year period by Logicalis, an international provider of ICT solutions and services, using Cisco technology to create the necessary connections.

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