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  1. Case Study 1 GBM helps Bahrain Internet Exchange in national project From left to right: Mohamed E. Al-Thawadi, Executive Director, BIX and Abdulla Ishaq, Country General Manager, GBM. Executive Summary Challenge The mission and objectives of Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX) are:  To reduce international internet connectivity rates borne by ISPs and customers.  To provide high speed internet at low-cost.  To enhance the broadband services in the Kingdom.  To increase the local internet websites.  Enhancing the telecom infrastructure to a great extent.  Enhancing the country’s broadband infrastructure in line with the national transformational plan to invest in a high speed and cost effective broadband network that addresses the specific needs of key sectors.  To increase the quality of the internet connection in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Solution In order to meet the mission and objectives of the BIX, GBM and Cisco® proposed a solution to build the National Broadband Network (NBN) for BIX to cover the Kingdom of Bahrain. This is made up of an IPoDWDM solution which is comprised by IP Components, and DWDM components, in addition to the Network Management Solution through Cisco Transport Manager and Cisco IP Solution Center. The National Broadband Network (NBN) is the Government of Bahrain Initiative which will be available on an open access basis, at fair and reasonable prices, capacity on the fiber-optic network of the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) utilising those fibers that are in excess of the direct needs to the EWA in order to increase Government effectiveness and assist in accelerating economic diversification. The project scope is to provide design, installation, and implementation support services for BIX National Broadband Network (NBN) related to the following three technologies: Infrastructure IP Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS), Optical Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH), and Network Management Systems (NMS). Infrastructure Scope will cover the design, site preparation, installation preparation, migration planning and implementation support services for two Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 1001), two Carrier Routing System (CRS -16), 13 Aggregation Services Routers (ASR 9K), and six ME3600 platforms. Optical Scope will cover the design, site preparation, installation preparation, and implementation support services for 24 x ONS 15454 PP platforms. Customer Name Bahrain Internet Exchange (BIX) Industry Government. Follows Ministry of Transportation. Location Bahrain Number of Employees 55 Challenge  Enhance and Increase the Internet Bandwidth  Develop service enabled Infrastructure  Reduce the cost of the Internet and International connectivity Solution  Cisco IPoDWDM  Cisco Network and Management Solutions  Metro Ethernet Switches Results  Enhance Telecom Infrastructure  Develop and leverage eService on the national level  Enhance the link bandwidth and reliability
  2. Case Study © 2012 Gulf Business Machines. All rights reserved. GBM, the GBM logo are trademarks of Gulf Business Machines. Cisco is a registered trademark of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. 2 “GBM’s partnership throughout this project was instrumental for BIX to achieve the strategic goals for the NBN initiative. We will count on their professional team and support to continue to deliver our services to our customers and citizens across the Kingdom.” Mohamed E. Al-Thawadi - Executive Director, BIX Network Management System (NMS) Scope will cover the design and implementation support services for Cisco IP Solution Center (ISC), Ciscoworks LAN Management Solution (CWLMS) and Cisco Transport Manager. This project will be deployed on 13 main sites covering the Kingdom of Bahrain. The main solutions deployed include Cisco Network Management System (NMS), Ciscoworks LAN Management Solution (CWLMS) and Cisco Transport Manager. The project time scale started in July 2011, and is set to end in December 2012. The NBN will involve the laying of fibre optic cabling of Bahrain homes, schools and businesses, providing highspeed broadband network using Cisco’s IPoDWDM technology which will deliver the service flexibility, scalability and increased resilience to enable carriers to capitalise on increasingly bandwidth intensive and complex applications in the Kingdom. Results  Enhanced Bahrain Telecom infrastructure by deploying High Bandwidth and DWDM Components over IP/MPLS  Enhanced wide-spread e-services starting with e-Government, e-Education, e- Health, advanced e-Business, e-Banking, e-Payment, etc.  Reliable and high bandwidth network hub to connect the Kingdom to the other region’s telecom network  Enable Bahrain carriers to capitalize on increasingly bandwidth-intensive and complex applications in the Kingdom. For more information To learn more about the solutions mentioned in this case study, please go to: Product & Technology List Cisco Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) Cisco Carrier Routing System (CRS) and Aggregation Service Routers (ASR) core routers Cisco ONS Multiplexers Optical Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) Cisco Metro Ethernet Switches – ME3600 Platforms Cisco Network Management Software (NMS) Infrastructure IP Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS)