German Federal Employment Agency in Nurnberg Selects Siemens Enterprise Communications in Contract Worth More Than 100 Million Euro

Company to deploy unified communications infrastructure for 165,000 ports

Aug 31, 2010, 06:00 ET from Siemens Enterprise Communications

RESTON, Va., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In what is a record order for Siemens Enterprise Communications, the German Federal Employment Agency in Nurnberg signed a full managed service contract worth more than 100 million Euros over its eight year duration. Under the agreement, Siemens Enterprise Communications will handle the construction of a telecommunication infrastructure for 165,000 ports, providing all the required hardware, software and end-user devices.

The agency has 1,900 different sites which will now be connected by a common communication platform with voice communication integrated into the existing IP infrastructure. The basis of the new system will consist of highly available OpenScape Voice clusters with 165,000 end-user devices. In addition, the arrangement includes a wide range of network infrastructure, the provision of central services, applications and provider services with connections to the public web/network, as well as different carrier services. The agency’s existing 1,600 telecommunications systems and 350 small office/home office solutions will be replaced.

Vodafone is working with Siemens Enterprise Communications on the deployment and the two companies have since formed an extensive partnership. “We are very proud that we are able to deliver this extensive, integrated network and service provision for the Federal Employment Agency’s complete fixed network and mobile communication nationwide,” said Gabriele Kossack, Manager of Public Sector Sales and NGOs for Vodafone Germany.

The Federal Employment Agency considered several vendors, but selected Siemens Enterprise Communications because the solution offered stronger multi-client capability, security features, provider services, virtualization, green IT capabilities, service processes and end-user devices. In addition, the solution was more cost effective.

”We are very excited about being awarded this seminal project in which Unified Communications will be implemented across one of the biggest IP networks in the world,” said Stefan Herrlich, managing director of Siemens Enterprise Communications. “In the framework of this managed services contract, the Federal Employment Agency will not only profit from our reliable end-user devices and solutions, but also from our services, which significantly simplify communication and cooperation between employees and saves costs.”

“The Federal Employment Agency sees current challenges in terms of flexibility and cost reduction. With the solutions and services from Siemens Enterprise Communications, all the agencies in the country can communicate perfectly with each other,” explains Albert Haberlein, overall project leader for the Federal Employment Agency.

The roll out is expected to take place by the beginning of 2012.

About Siemens Enterprise Communications

Siemens Enterprise Communications is a premier provider of end-to-end enterprise communications, including voice, network infrastructure and security solutions that use open, standards-based architectures to unify communications and business applications for a seamless collaboration experience. This award-winning "Open Communications" approach enables organizations to improve productivity and reduce costs through easy-to-deploy solutions that work within existing IT environments, delivering operational efficiencies. It is the foundation for the company's OpenPath® commitment that enables customers to mitigate risk and cost-effectively adopt unified communications. Jointly owned by The Gores Group and Siemens AG, Siemens Enterprise Communications companies include Siemens Enterprise Communications, Cycos, and Enterasys Networks.

For more information about Siemens Enterprise Communications or Enterasys please visit www.siemens-enterprise.com or www.enterasys.com.

Note: Siemens Enterprise Communications & Co K.G. is a trademark licensee of Siemens AG. HiPath, OpenOffice, OpenScape and OpenStage, are registered trademarks of Siemens Enterprise Communications & Co K.G. or its affiliates. All other company, brand, product and service names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

This release contains forward-looking statements based on beliefs of Siemens’ management. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "forecast," "expect," "intend," "plan," "should," and "project" are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the company's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause the actual results to be materially different, including, among others, changes in general economic and business conditions, changes in currency exchange rates and interest rates, introduction of competing products, lack of acceptance of new products or services and changes in business strategy. Actual results may vary materially from those projected here. Siemens does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

About The Federal Employment Agency’s IT division.

The Federal Employment Agency’s IT department develops and operates one of the biggest IT landscapes in Germany. In total, the division employs 2000 people, of which 1100 work in the IT-Systems house, 850 across the 24 locations of the regional IT-Service division and 40 in the central unit (IT-Supervision).

The business success of all the Agency’s offices, as well as the ARGEn depends 100% on the quality of the IT services provided. The Agency’s IT division supports the handling of all important business processes in the country. The IT-System house is a special unit as it is the central IT service provider for the Agency - its headquarters is in Nuernberg. The IT-System house serves 170000 networked PC users in the numerous Agency offices, as well as the ARGEn. The Federal Employment Agency IT division ranks with its infrastructure as one of the biggest IT landscapes in Germany. The unit’s vision is to be the most capable and efficient IT service provider in the public sector.

About Vodafone Germany

Vodafone Germany is one of the largest and most modern telecommunications providers in Europe. It has 13,000 employees and realises turnover of more than EUR nine billion. Based in Dusseldorf, Vodafone Germany is a one-stop innovative and integrated technology and service provider with a portfolio including mobile communications, fixed network telephony, internet and broadband data services for business and private customers. Continuous development, numerous patents and investments in new products, services and the modern network have made Vodafone an innovation leader in the German telecommunications market. In 2009, Vodafone received again the "connect" magazine's award for the best voice and data network in Germany.

Vodafone is committed to CSR. The German Vodafone Foundation is a socio-political think tank that initiates and supports numerous projects in the fields of education, integration and social mobility, art/culture and health. The company is part of the Vodafone Group. Visit also  www.vodafone-deutschland.de for further information.

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