First Stage of Kirov Region Unified Regional Telecommunications Network Completed and Handed Over


IT Co. would like to announce the completion and handover of the first stage of Kirov Region Unified Regional Telecommunications Network (URTN) designed as part of Electronic Russia Federal Program. The network, which connects ten Kirov City government organization offices into a single telecommunications space, has been approved by the state inspection board, and ownership was transferred to the state. As of today, the Kirov URTN segment, approximately 15 kilometers long, is the largest fiber optic state administration network in the Kirov Region.

Work on the creation of a unified regional network for the Kirov Region began in the fall of 2004. IT Co's Moscow specialists and Volgo-Vyatsk branch office specialists are assigned to the project. IT Co. was selected as the contractor after winning an open bid Kirov Region government announced in August 2004. The key goal to create a reliable telecommunications environment that could serve as a basis for unifying state and regional administration information resources into a single system and to increase state management and growth of social stability in the region.

In the course of the first stage of the project, IT Co. specialists designed a unified regional telecommunications network (URTN) that was to unify over 70 facilities in the region, and built the first segment of the URTN (hybrid telecommunications network based on fiber optic and radio channels) and the departmental IP telephony network that brought together ten state administrations stationed in Kirov City. The list of organizations includes: Kirov Region government, Kirov City Administration, Social Growth Department, Committee for Pricing Policy, Kirov Region State Archive, Regional Board of Archives, Department of Environmental Protection, etc.

The unified telecommunications network was designed with strict compliance to the hierarchical state and local administration structure, and based on calculations of economic advisability of various solutions, including considerations of joint ownership, and also with perspective for further development.

Along with Kirov Region Government telecommunications channels, rented channels were used for network construction. The main body of the URTN is the network unifying Kirov Region Government and the Government Call Center. To ensure high reliability of the network, reserve communication channels in the Kirov City Administration were implemented for automatic switching of the network kernel in case of main channel failure.

In order to optimize network construction and maintenance costs and to provide maximum carrying capacity for various network segments, and also due to geophysical specifics of the city, the Kirov segment of the URTN was built using fiber optic and wireless communication channels. The fiber optic network was installed on lighting poles. Using overland communication lines for connecting a number of remote facilities to the network was impossible for objective geophysical reasons, while laying underground cable was financially inexpedient. Because of this, in order to connect the Department of Environmental Protection and Management and the Committee for Pricing Policy to the network, a high-speed wireless URTN segment was built, for which purpose wireless routers were installed on the Kirov TV tower.

Allied Telesyn active network equipment was used for network construction, along with CompTek Revolution wireless routers. The Kirov segment of URTN has carrying capacity varying from 64 Kb/sec to 1 Gb/sec depending on the data communications channel used.

For the administrative IP telephony network, Avaya IP Office systems were used, each of which is capable of servicing up to 360 subscribers. The telephone IP network uses telephone switches of varying functional and subscriber-servicing capacities, depending on each network object needs and goals. The system features the possibility of party-line conferencing with up to 30 participants. At the moment, specialists are designing a unified numbering plan that will allow for a subsequent unification of all network nodes into a single NPA.

On May 31, 2005, the first stage of the Kirov Region URTN was handed over to the state and launched for commercial operation. IT Co. received a thank-you letter from the Kirov Region Government.

“The obvious advantages of the URTN can be seen just from looking at the results of bringing together the state administration institutions in the city of Kirov,” notes Alexander Pankratov, the Head of Information Systems Management at the Kirov Region Government Administration. “In addition to the existing telecommunications network allowing the institutions a chance to efficiently exchange authenticated information, improving the quality of interaction between state agencies, preliminary estimates show that the use of Internet and IP telephony will allow for annual communications expenses savings of approximately 5 Mn RUR.”

In the nearest future, the Kirov segment of the URTN is planned for expansion. The regional Internal Affairs Administration, Financial Treasury Administration, and Kirov Region State Statistics Committee are all scheduled for connection to the telecommunications network. Agreements about information exchange between Kirov Region government and these agencies have already been signed.

Construction of the second stage of the Kirov Region URTN is planned for completion in late 2007. As part of work in this stage, local federal offices, administrations, schools, and a number of other public sector agencies in the region's 39 districts will be connected to the network.

The construction of a telecommunications network in the Kirov Region is not the first project IT Co. has designed as part of the Electronic Russia Federal Program. In 2004, we began mass-scale work in the Republic of Khakassia (regional management system) and the city of Zheleznogorsk (resident social card). Our experience includes a number of integrated projects for agencies and ministries such as the Russian Federation Pension Fund, Tax Ministry, Ministry of Industry, Science, and Technologies, State Statistics Committee, and many others.

About Kirov Region
Kirov Region is one of the largest regions in the Non-Chernozem Region of Russia, and is located in the northeast of the European part of Russia. It has an area of 120,800 square kilometers, spanning 570 kilometers from north to south and 440 kilometers from east to west. The city of Kirov is the regional center, with population of 501,000, founded in 1374. As of January 1998, local population numbered 1,613,400 people.
Main industries in the region are machine manufacturing, metalworking, consumer goods, foods, timber, woodworking, and pulp & paper. Also growing are the region's chemical and petrochemical industries, construction materials, and ferrous and non-ferrous metals.

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