SOURCE: Critical Links

November 12, 2008 08:00 ET

Critical Links Deploys edgeBOX in One of the World's Largest "Digital School" Modernization Programs

Critical Links Partners With Portugal Telecom to Win Highly Competitive Bid; edgeBOX™ Providing Schools With Rich Networking and IT Services on Scalable Platforms, Enabling the Roll-Out of Next Generation Infrastructure

FAIRFIELD, NJ--(Marketwire - November 12, 2008) - Critical Links, a global provider of unified voice, data and IT solutions for SMBs, announced today that its edgeBOX™ solution is being deployed by Portugal Telecom for the Portuguese Ministry of Education's initiative to execute one of the world's largest "Digital School" modernization efforts. The edgeBOX will support the "Schools Local Area Networks Initiative" in 1,220 Portuguese schools.

The Portugal Telecom led consortia won the Portuguese Ministry of Education bid for the first phase of the ambitious Government program to roll out Ethernet and Wi-Fi local area networks, network services and network management to all high schools in Portugal. The program will subsequently provide Portuguese schools with a number of communications and IT services including e-learning, school/class management, scheduling, training and certification.

Portugal Telecom is a global telecommunications operator and the Portuguese market leader. The company's activity covers every segment of the telecommunications sector: fixed, mobile, multimedia, data and corporate solutions. Portugal Telecom Group is listed on the Lisbon and New York Stock Exchanges. It serves about 35 million domestic and international clients.

"The edgeBOX solution was selected by Portugal Telecom in a highly competitive bid," stated João Carreira, CEO, Critical Links. "Schools worldwide are increasingly requiring a sophisticated IT and Telecom infrastructure to provide an enriching learning environment without the usual costs associated with supporting such an infrastructure. The edgeBOX precisely addresses this requirement -- delivering the functionality at the lowest price point. In addition, the edgeBOX delivers high scalability, and flexibility, protecting the investment for years to come. The edgeBOX also offers education specific edgePACKs -- value-added applications for a learning environment that are integrated with other functions. Altogether, we strongly believe that the edgeBOX offers unparalleled value to the education vertical. We are excited by this opportunity to demonstrate that."

As a single box solution, edgeBOX features advanced networking technologies normally only found in much larger and more expensive systems, including an IP-PBX, VoIP gateway, WiFi access point, 3G broadband support and the latest security systems. Services such as DHCP, NAT and DNS enable seamless integration with any type of network and simplify administration tasks. WiFi support also enables instant deployment of integrated network hot-spots and of LANs at "Greenfield" sites. Remote management is achieved through a single web-based, user-friendly interface, which controls all the features of edgeBOX and can be accessed on-site or remotely by a dedicated team in a central location. The edgeBOX is available on a range of scalable platforms.

About Critical Links

Critical Links is a global provider of converged voice, data and IT solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that dramatically simplify and cost-reduce by consolidating over a single scalable and fault-tolerant platform.

Critical Links' flagship product, the edgeBOX™, is an award-winning multi-function gateway appliance that includes VoIP/IP-PBX, VPNs, security, NAC, QoS and a WiFi access point as well as a fax server, web server, e-mail server, print server and data storage. It is available on a range of hardware platforms that support up to 300 users, with different form factors and a host of broadband interfaces such as BRI/PRI(T1/E1), FX0/FXS, Ethernet, etc. Critical Links typically serves SMBs through a global network of VARs, System Integrators, OEMs and Service Providers. For more information: or

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