Army deploying Gigabit Ethernet
- By Dan Verton
- May 01, 2000
The Army in June will install a Gigabit Ethernet network at Fort Carson,
Colo., marking the first such use of the technology under a major Army networking
The network will be installed as part of the Army's Common User Installation
Transport Network (CUITN) program. It will provide Fort Carson users with a sixfold increase in bandwidth compared with the
Asynchronous Transfer Mode networks installed to date. Gigabit Ethernet
offers 1,000 megabits/sec of bandwidth, compared with 622 megabits/sec or
155 megabits/sec for ATM.
"It is not bleeding edge, but it's definitely leading edge," said Army
Lt. Col Edward McCoy, the product manager for the Army Communications-Electronics
Command's Defense Data Networks program, in a prepared statement. "The goal
is to make 10 megabit to the desktop affordable."
The Gigabit Ethernet network will position Fort Carson users for streaming
video, distance learning and unified messaging, in which users could get
e-mail and voice mail messages together over a single network.
The Army's CUITN program was designed to provide an intelligent information
infrastructure that supports high-speed data transfer at Army posts, camps
and stations worldwide.