In brief Cisco will provide VoIP equipment to create a unified voice, video and data networks for Boeing. The US aircraft maker has run a VoIP trial since 2001 using 4,500 Cisco IP phones in Missouri, Texas, Utah and Washington. It expects make significant maintenance savings with the converged network, but no value was put on the contract. The company employs 150,000 people in 70 countries.
Christopher Kent, VP of computing and network operations at Boeing, said recent advances have overcome "many of the obstacles inhibiting the convergence of Boeing's voice and data network...It will help us meet the mobility demands of the virtual office worker and realize the cost efficiencies of a converged infrastructure". ®