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n°21  |  December   2007
Business cases
• Algérie Poste (Algeria)
• Federal universities (Brazil)
• State of Maine (USA)
• Telecom Malagasy (Madagascar)
• CETE Méditerranée (France)

Madagascar, a well-connected major island
Bull to simplify and virtualize information systems for Telecom Malagasy: Madagascar’s leading fixed-mobile-Internet convergent operator

Operating across an area the size of France and the Benelux countries combined, the Telecom Malagasy (Telma) group– formerly Madagascar’s national telecoms operator, which has been providing GSM/GPRS/EDGE services since December 2006–, decided, as part of its strategy for growth, to implement a program to deliver full convergence between its Mobile and Fixed-Line divisions. To achieve this aim, Telma put out a call for tender in April this year to the main players in the IT market – Bull, Dell, HP and IBM – for the complete overhaul of its information systems. The aim of the project was to unify the systems dedicated to the customer’s fixed and mobile telephony businesses.
The move is designed to support the growth of Telma’s Fixed, Mobile and Internet activities, and to significantly reduce operating costs, by simplifying its information systems and virtualizing its servers.

Telma chose Bull’s solution, which most importantly offered greater flexibility both when it came to systems administration and the implementation of new Internet and mobile telephony applications, as well as greater robustness and easier management of IT resources.

Bull will be supplying:

  • The IT infrastructure, including:
    - Bull NovaScale servers running under Linux
    - A back-up platform, along with the Bull OpenSave back-up software
    - An EMC SAN storage bay
  • Integration services for the entire infrastructure
  • Skills’ transfer and support services.
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