Centre De Sante et de Services Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville in Quebec Selects Alcatel-Lucent and SSP Telecom to Upgrade its Communications Infrastructure

Friday, October 12, 2007 General News
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MONTREAL and MURRAY HILL, N.J., Oct. 11 Alcatel-Lucent(Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and SSP Telecom, an Alcatel-Lucent businesspartner based in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, today announced that Centre De SanteEt De Services Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville (CSSS HRR), Quebec, hasselected Alcatel-Lucent to help upgrade the health care provider's wired andwireless data infrastructure across its 14 sites.

As part of the network transformation, an advanced IP network for CSSS HRRthat leverages a wide range of Alcatel-Lucent's product portfolio, includingIP core routing, edge access and centralized management and security will beprovided. SSP Telecom is providing installation, deployment, programmanagement and maintenance for the new network.

"CSSS HRR is dedicated to providing outstanding patient care and services,which means we must have a state-of-the-art, reliable, scalable communicationssystem for our physicians, staff and administration," said Daniel Burgoyne,CIO of CSSS HRR. "Alcatel-Lucent and SSP Telecom were selected based on theirvast knowledge and experience in IP networking and deep understanding of thespecific needs of the health care market."

The Alcatel-Lucent solution includes the award winning OmniSwitch 9700,which provides resiliency and security features through the Alcatel-LucentOperating System (AOS), and is optimized for use in the network core andaggregation layer where large amounts of user data are consolidated for 10Gigabit connections. The Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 6850-P24 at the edge, andsecurity features include network access control via Alcatel-Lucent AccessGuardian, and malicious attack containment provided by the Alcatel-LucentQuarantine Manager.

"CSSS HRR was looking for more than supplier-customer relationship. Asthe complexity of health care and communications continues to grow, they werelooking for a technology advisor and consultative approach to provide a totalsolution," said Alex Giosa, President of Alcatel-Lucent's business in Canada."The Alcatel-Lucent IP network gives CSSS HRR the reliability, dependabilityand security communications network required to provide superior patient careboth inside and outside the Haut-Richelieu Rouville campus environment."

"Our experience in both the enterprise space and the health care industrymake us an ideal choice to help create an advanced IP network for CSSS HRR,"said Robert Dessureault, President of SSP Telecom. "We understand the visionand mission of CSSS HRR and are excited to help take patience care to anotherlevel."

About Centre De Sante Et De Services Sociaux Haut-Richelieu-Rouville

CSSS stands for "Centre Sante et Services Sociaux". There are currently95 Health and Social Services Centers in Quebec. The CSSS' overall mission isto understand the state of health and well-being of the population on itsterritory; to take appropriate steps to ensure proper case management,counseling and support for clients; to optimize timely management of the rangeof services in order to prevent illnesses from progressing to more advancedstages requiring more intensive and costly care.

The CSSS Haut-Richelieu-Rouville was created in July 2004, it's a regionalhospital with 14 satellites on the south shore of Montreal, it has around3,300 employees, 300 doctors covering a population of 160,000 people. Itsannual budget is around 170 million dollars. Its number of employees andmedical employees make the CSSS Haut Richelieu Rouville one of the 15 mostimportant Health care Centers in Province of Quebec.

About SSP Telecom

SSP Telecom was created in 2000. They plan and build voice and IP voicenetworks which interface on fiber optics, data or microwaves structurednetworks. SSP telecom has clients all across Canada. The SSP Telecom mainoffice is located in the Trois-Rivieres, Canada, and they have branches inMontreal (Qc), Kanata

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