TELE-POST Greenland



TELE-POST Greenland had an initiative to upgrade the nation’s telecommunications capability to deliver next-generation, European-quality digital video, broadband Internet and GSM mobile service to everyone in the country.

Challenges included:

  • Population Distribution: Greenland’s 56,000 citizens are scattered across almost 840,000 square miles.
  • Geography: The ground in Greenland, often covered with ice and snow, is largely made up of rock.
  • Existing Infrastructure: Like many service providers, TELE-POST’s existing infrastructure was an amalgamation of old and new technologies.


TELE-POST made clear that in designing this next-generation architecture its vision was to improve services for the entire nation. The company insisted that its partners focus on the following:

  • Enhancement of the power and performance of services for everyone in the country, not just particular locations.
  • Continuation of strong profit performance nationwide, maintaining revenue streams with outstanding performance and service.
  • A forward-engineered solution to support emerging, not just existing, solutions.


NetCraftsmen led the team, which included CISCO and Ericsson, to develop an approach called Transformational Architecture, a practical implementation and forward-thinking approach that anticipates emerging trends in telecommunications services and networking technologies.

Transformational Architecture is built on three complementary elements:

  1. Virtualization of services onto a common platform and means of management.
  2. Creation of a unified network layer that will accommodate all traffic.
  3. A greatly improved transmission network that is more robust and offers much greater capacity.

For TELE-POST, that meant incorporating programmable networks, virtualization, and similar advances that would ultimately allow for easy management of more services on a simplified network infrastructure.


Greenland’s Transformational Architecture provided many benefits:

  • Increased Network Capacity – More service offerings, social improvements and a more reliable network.
  • Distributed Services – A granular means of optimization ideal for remote customers, end-to-end transport and virtualization allows citizens to access the same services as those in more populated areas.
  • Mobility – Expanding the reach of 3G and 4G services improves mobile Internet access and data use. Additionally, in less-populous areas, a move from all-copper home connections to mobile broadband.
  • Network Virtualization – In addition to obvious benefits like eliminating hardware, network virtualization technologies facilitate orchestration and distribution of services and enable unified management and provisioning.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


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Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


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John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.