SPIE harmonizes Appenzell Ausserrhoden cantonal network


SPIE ICS AG, the digital subsidiary of SPIE in Switzerland,  is harmonizing the cantonal network of Appenzell Ausserrhoden. The networks that have been in place so far have been merged to form the "AR-NET2" network. In addition to larger broadband capacities, the new cantonal network also offers higher availability and data security.

Fact sheet

  • Services: ICT
  • Subsidiary: SPIE Switzerland
  • Year: 2020
  • Tags: IT infrastructures
  • Status: Completed

The canton was looking for a partner to harmonize the existing heterogeneous network. The four parallel networks that were previously in place were merged to form the "AR-NET2" overall network. All locations of the cantonal institutions, businesses and organisations as well as all municipalities, the AR hospital network and all schools will be connected to the new network by next year. These are 220 locations, of which around 160 are currently connected; around 12,000 LAN ports in the network and 6,000 to 8,000 terminal devices. Over 440 km of optical fibre were required for the new cantonal network.

The data transported via the new cantonal network are now protected against unauthorised access by means of technical and organisational measures. In particular, MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) has ensured that the various customer networks can be securely separated. In addition to larger bandwidths, the new network also offers higher availability thanks to redundant connections.