Cork County Council awards €1m wireless network contract to Exigent

28 Mar 2013

Cork County Council awards €1m wireless network contract to Exigent

Cork County Council has awarded a €1m maintenance contract to Exigent Networks, a provider of microwave wireless and data over IP systems.

The contract was awarded to Exigent following a competitive tender process.

The deal will see Exigent manage the council’s IP telephony, local and wide area networks (WANs) for three years.

Exigent will also support Cork County Council’s 2,000 node Cisco IP telephony system.

That’ll be a large WAN

The WAN comprises one of the biggest wireless networks in Ireland, connecting the council with all its regional offices. Cork County Council’s WAN links 100 office locations throughout the country.

Cork County Council has the largest adoption of high-bandwidth wireless technology by a Government body in Ireland.

“Information technology plays a vital role in the delivery and improvement of Cork County Council services,” explained Michael Murphy, senior executive officer of Cork County Council’s IT department.

“The wide area network is a key infrastructural component in the delivery of these services. This contract will ensure that outages in the WAN services are responded to promptly and the services reinstated in the shortest possible time.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years