News Release

Commander Enhances Offerings with Cisco Network

Cisco 7600 Series Routers help Commander provide IP-based services
Mar 15, 2006

SYDNEY, Australia, March 15, 2006 - Commander is working with Cisco® to build a highly scalable Internet Protocol (IP) Next-Generation Network (NGN) platform based on the Cisco 7600 Series Router. The IP NGN will help Commander offer its customers an expanded portfolio of sophisticated IP-based network services.

Commander is deploying the Cisco 7600 Series Routers as the foundation for a range of managed IP virtual private network (VPN) services based on Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS). This network platform, in conjunction with a new integrated multiservice platform from Ericsson, will help Commander meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses and the enterprise market with services that include IP telephony, remote-access VPN, intranet and extranet site-to-site VPN, security, hosting and options for managed customer premises equipment.

Adrian Coote, managing director of Commander, said: "The Cisco solution complements and expands Commander's existing suite of 360-degree communications products and services and will result in innovative bundled voice and data solutions on a single multiservice platform. These services enable Commander to increase our product offering to our customers and to attract new customers. Cisco's clear leadership in the areas of IP routing and MPLS switching made it the logical choice for those components in our NGN network."

The Cisco 7600 Series Routers are the industry's first to offer integrated, high-density Ethernet switching; carrier-class IP/MPLS routing; service blades for virtual firewall, distributed denial of service (DDoS) intelligent protection switching (IPS), IP Security (IPsec), and deep packet inspection; and 10-Gbps interfaces for enterprises and service providers. MPLS is an intelligent routing technology able to prioritise voice, video and data traffic over a single pipe, resulting in consistent quality of service (QoS). It blends the intelligence of routing with the performance of switching and will enable Commander to provide better and faster data services to its customer base, along with carrier-grade voice.

With features such as high availability, security and simplified management, a Cisco MPLS-based network will also help Commander reduce operating expenses, increase network efficiency and improve return on investment.

Peter Papaioannou, operational director for the Cisco Australia and New Zealand Service Provider team, said; "Cisco is excited to be able to help Commander meet customer needs by building intelligence into its network and allowing it to expand capacity, while improving quality and enabling the delivery of next-generation services."

About Commander

The Commander business has been tailoring information communications and technology solutions to meet Australia's business needs nationally for more than 20 years. Commander began with office telephone systems and through a series of strategic acquisitions and relationships with leading technology companies has broadened its expertise to provide a complete communications solution spanning voice, data, mobility and network products and services. In addition to a full range of products, Commander has one of the largest business-dedicated technical forces in Australia. More information is available at