Part of what makes the network so powerful is its ability to transform economies and enable countries to leverage their unique characteristics, no matter how remote. Recently on SP360, we discussed how Iceland is becoming a leader in green cloud computing because of its low-cost geothermal power and high speed connectivity back to Europe and North America.
Bermuda, another island nation, is also harnessing the power of the network to maintain its leading role in the international insurance, trading, and financial sectors. Earlier this month, Cisco announced with the Ministry of Government Estates and Information Services the launch of a Cisco Networking Academy in the island. The Networking Academy program, with over 1 million students worldwide, will now provide Bermudians with the opportunity to receive information and communications technology education to prepare students for careers in the 21st-century global economy.
Fortunately, these students may not have to leave the island to find work. This week, Bermuda Telephone Company announced that they’ve deployed a new fiber-based Carrier Ethernet network called PRISM based on Cisco technology, including the market-leading ASR 9000 Series and Cisco Prime for network management. The ASR 9000 is a good choice because it provides plenty of scale to help BTC grow while minimizing power consumption on an island that must import fuel to generate electricity. Cisco’s Prime network management suite will facilitate faster provisioning of customer services and reduce operational costs.
Driven by customer demand for high-speed data connectivity and advanced collaboration services, the new network will provide both the highest capacity on the island and the end-to-end quality-of-service performance necessary to ensure that a single network can deliver a mix of voice, video, mobile, and data traffic along with mission critical business services. Other potential benefits to Bermudians include improved access to health care specialists off the island (telemedicine, reducing the need to travel) and greater educational opportunities through distance learning.
Watch how Bermuda Telephone sees their new ASR9000-based network enabling new services:
As a result of this deployment the island of Bermuda will have one of the most advanced and IPv6-ready networks in the Caribbean. More important, however, are the economic benefits provided for the citizens of Bermuda.
On behalf of Cisco, let me thank the entire Bermuda Telephone team for putting your trust in us.