NATO continues to entrust Thales

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.

14th Mar 2011


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

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. Thales made the announcement on February 20, saying 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 company says that 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.
 

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