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Boeing selects Cisco for global IP telephony rollout

The Boeing Company has selected Cisco Internet Protocol (IP) telephony for rollout across its global enterprise, wh...


July 14, 2004  


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The Boeing Company has selected Cisco Internet Protocol (IP) telephony for rollout across its global enterprise, which includes more than 150,000 employees in 70 countries.

Boeing plans to enhance its existing data network infrastructure and migrate its voice, video and data networks to a single, converged communications network based on Cisco’s IP Communications product portfolio.

This initiative is an integral element of Boeing’s overall network operations strategy of providing key enabling technology for its virtual global enterprise, Cisco said in a statement.

The Cisco IP telephony pilot program has been in place since July 2001 and has grown to approximately 4,500 Cisco IP phones installed at facilities in Missouri, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

“Recent advances in technology and product innovation have overcome many of the obstacles inhibiting the convergence of Boeing’s voice and data networks,” said Christopher Kent, vice president of Computing & Network Operations in Boeing Shared Services Group.

“Cisco’s family of products will be the foundation of the next-generation network required to replace Boeing’s aging voice infrastructure. It will help us meet the mobility demands of the virtual office worker and realize the cost efficiencies of a converged infrastructure.”

The Boeing-Cisco relationship dates back to 1988. Today, Boeing has one of the largest private enterprise-wide data networks in the world.