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Portugal Telecom to Digitalize Education with VoIP Solution

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November 17, 2008

Portugal Telecom to Digitalize Education with VoIP Solution

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Portugal Telecom reportedly has selected Critical Links’ VoIP solution for the Portuguese Ministry of Education’s initiative to execute a so-called “Digital School” modernization effort.

Critical Links’ (News - Alert) “edgeBOX” has been chosen to support the “Schools Local Area Networks Initiative” in 1,220 Portuguese schools, according to the companies. The edgeBOX provides a full-featured IP-PBX (News - Alert) and VoiP gateway for offices with 10 to 300 users.
The education ministry says it searched for solution providers that could help them deliver Ethernet and Wi-Fi local area networks, network services and network management to all high schools in Portugal. The Portugal Telecom (News - Alert)-led consortium was chosen for the first phase of a government program that aims to provide Portuguese schools a wide range of communications and IT services such as e-learning.
Portugal Telecom, a global telecommunications operator, has a strong position in the Portuguese market and serves about 35 million domestic and international clients. The company has operations in Brazil and sub-Saharan Africa and according to a recent report, this diversity is helping them ride out the financial crisis that’s challenging European telcos now.
Noting that his company’s solution was picked by Portugal Telecom following a highly competitive bid, João Carreira, chief executive officer at Critical Links, said that schools worldwide have realized a sophisticated IT and Telecom infrastructure can provide an enriching learning environment. However, they don’t want to spend a huge amount of money to support such an infrastructure.
According to Carreira, the edgeBOX – pictured right – addresses this need by providing the functionality at the lowest price point while offering high scalability and flexibility. In addition, the solution also offers education specific edgePACKs, which are value-added applications for a learning environment that are integrated with other functions.
Critical Links is a global provider of converged voice, data and IT solutions for small and medium businesses. The company’s edgeBOX multi-service business gateway solution recently won an INTERNET TELEPHONY Excellence Award presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. The solution was recognized for its outstanding contribution to IP communications.

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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan

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