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Press Release -- March 25th, 2010
Source: Global Crossing
Tags: Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, Low Latency, Video, VoIP

CMI Chooses Global Crossing To Provide Worldwide Communications


Brussels, Belgium — Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC), a leading global IP solutions provider, today announced it has won a three-year contract to supply and manage global telecommunications for Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie (CMI), a Belgian-based international equipment supplier active in energy, defence and industry markets.

Global Crossing replaces several different suppliers as the company looks to engage a single provider in a bid to cut costs, improve efficiency and streamline operations across the organisation. The consolidated network will be fully managed by Global Crossing, easing the administrative burden of managing services from multiple providers.

Global Crossing will supply a global managed Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) to boost collaboration and productivity across CMI’s sites worldwide. New fibre optic cables have already been introduced to improve connectivity. Through Global Crossing’s WAN Ethernet capabilities, CMI aims to work more closely with its staff in India, where its offices had previously suffered from low latency and bandwidth speeds.

CMI has praised the quality of service it already is receiving from Global Crossing. With the new systems, traffic in the network can be prioritised to enable seamless video conferencing, while the company also can benefit from fast and reliable connectivity to the Internet through a Tier 1 carrier.

Denis Debroux, chief information officer at CMI, welcomed the steps to improve productivity across the organization: “CMI is a global entity, so constant communication across all sites is an essential part of our daily routine. However, despite considerable investment, previous levels of connectivity were not sufficient. CMI is extremely advanced when it comes to ITC and staff are used to using various forms of communication – including audio, video, VoIP and collaboration.”

“We understand the challenges companies face when they operate across multiple sites and different geographies,” said Ted Higase, managing director, EMEA, Global Crossing. “With Global Crossing’s IP VPN offering flexible bandwidth and  providing high speed Internet access, those based in remote locations benefit from the same access to applications and resources as those at headquarters.”

The project has been broken down into two phases. The first phase, due for completion in May 2010, will involve managing IP VPN across 16 sites in Belgium, France, Germany and the US. Phase two will add new sites to the project, and will also see the introduction of outbound VoIP.

Global Crossing was selected over several major European competitors, including the incumbent provider. Global Crossing is a certified SIP Trunking provider, and is fully in line with CMI’s Microsoft strategy. Its flexible and tailored approach offered CMI a solution that directly corresponds to the needs of the organisation, fulfilling the current business objectives while also allowing room for future growth and development.

Available since 2001, Global Crossing’s IP VPN service provides one of the highest performing and most versatile network solutions currently available, delivering true global reach, scalable connectivity, robust security, guaranteed quality of service, multiple access options, and flexible billing options. The service delivers appropriate levels of latency, jitter and packet loss to ensure the successful concurrent handling of multiple types of traffic, especially voice and video. It is backed by comprehensive service-level agreements (SLAs) covering the overall performance of the service, and on-line access to real-time and historical service-performance reports.

Global Crossing (NASDAQ: GLBC) is a leading global IP and Ethernet solutions provider with the world’s first integrated global IP-based network.  The company offers a full range of data, voice and collaboration services with an industry leading customer experience and delivers service to approximately 40 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as to 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs. It delivers converged IP services to more than 700 cities in more than 70 countries around the world.

Global Crossing UK Telecommunications Ltd. provides a full range of managed telecommunications services in a secure environment ideally suited for IP-based business applications. The company provides managed voice, data, Internet and e-commerce solutions to a strong and established commercial customer base, including more than 100 UK government departments, as well as systems integrators, rail sector customers and major corporate clients. In addition, Global Crossing UK provides carrier services to national and international communications service providers.

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CMI Group is an international specialized supplier in design, modernization and maintenance of equipment. CMI helps improving the economical and technical performance of its customers’ manufacturing processes as well as reducing their environmental footprint.

In the Energy business, CMI specializes in Heat Recovery Steam Generators to be installed behind gas turbines for combined cycle electrical power plants. CMI counts more than 500 references around the world, in vertical or horizontal technologies. In India, 15 CMI HRSG have been supplied since the early 1990’s, through its licensee, Larsen & Toubro.

In the Steel Industry, CMI supplies cold rolling mill complexes with integrated and tailor-made solutions all over their life-cycle. CMI has developed a wide range of technologies in the field of processing lines, rolling mills, thermal and chemical processes. CMI outpost in India, CMI FPE based in Mumbay, is the partner of major Indian steelmakers.

In the Defence market, CMI is also recognized as the technological leader in high-power multi-purpose weapon systems for aerotransportable light-armoured vehicles.

CMI can rely on a 3,200 strong team and on a commercial and operational network worldwide. In 2008, the CMI Group turned over € 828 millions.

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