Maceió, December 2001 – Connecting units to share data with each other and provide access to the Internet through a single network were the main needs that motivated the Federal University of Alagoas, the state’s largest public university, to start a serious search for a supplier that was prepared to meet these challenges. Heavyweight names in the market – such as Oi and Embratel, represented by their partners – took part in the bidding for three months. The process revealed Aloo Telecom as the company that had the best competencies to match all the specifications in the bid notice.
In partnership with Damovo do Brasil and equipment manufacturers Alvarion and Extreme Networks, Aloo Telecom was not only able to offer a quality solution, but also added a differentiated and efficient service, enabling the sharing of information between seven UFAL campuses. The complex project of networks and interconnections between the units was rolled out in just one month, compared with a market average of about 120 days.
With the interconnection, the University had a dedicated central Internet hub – funded by the Federal Government – which minimized its costs and greatly increased productivity.
Aloo Telecom has also been making technological upgrades at UFAL, unifying its communications network. “The need to acquire a personalized and highly targeted service at the Federal University of Alagoas enabled the successful implementation of this technology by Aloo Telecom,” says the financial and commercial director, Felipe Cansanção.
About the Federal University of Alagoas
Founded on January 25, 1961, UFAL, through teaching, research, extension and assistance is an important vector of development in the state.
It now offers its 16,000-plus students 75 undergraduate courses in the humanities, exact and natural sciences, and healthcare. Its graduate courses comprise 19 programs, 18 of its own and one in association with RENORBIO (the Northeast Biotechnology Network), and it offers eight Master’s degrees and four Doctorates. UFAL also offers Distance Education, through the Brazilian Open University Program.