Sinopec enhances network infrastructure

HONG KONG (03/11/2004) - Shenzhen Oil Products Co., a sales branch of China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), has recently enhanced its network with Nortel Networks Ltd. products to address the changing communications needs.

One of the major deployments in the project is the broadband IP virtual private network (VPN). The company stated the network connects the company's remote users from the branch offices and gas stations, suppliers and customers, is the first IP VPN in China's petrochemical industry.

The IP VPN-enabled system provides not only the cost and performance advantages of public IP networks, but also the security and control found in private networks. The network provides firewall, bandwidth management, encryption, authentication and data integrity for secure connectivity across managed IP networks and the Internet.

The recently deployment is an extension of Nortel Networks' relationship with Sinopec, as the companies have worked together for more than five years. Sinopec has adopted network solutions from Nortel Networks to support many of the company's projects, including its national backbone network, said Nortel Networks.

"Our long-term cooperation with Sinopec positions us to better address the demands of our petrochemical customers for quality, efficiency, security and cost reduction. With our advanced technologies and proven track record, we will continue to support the development of China's petrochemical sector," said Robert Mao, president and chief executive officer, Greater China, Nortel Networks.

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