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    Cumberland Farms Signs on Advanced Networking Services

    Company selects Spacenet satellite and hybrid network for 500 stations.

    CANTON, Mass. -- Cumberland Farms signed a contract with Spacenet Inc. for an upgraded data network to approximately 500 Cumberland Farms locations across the United States. The new network combines common carrier and satellite technologies to support advanced applications and ensure business continuity, the company reported.

    "Cumberland Farms is committed to providing our customers value, convenience and unparalleled service through our network of retail stores, gas stations and distribution operations," Cumberland Farms vice president of IT, John Carroll, said in a statement. "Having a reliable and efficient network infrastructure is critical for enabling us to achieve these goals. The upgraded satellite and hybrid network provides a simplified single platform solution, faster speeds for web-based applications, automatic and reliable network backup, and near 99.9 percent network availability, ultimately helping us better serve our customers at each location."

    Spacenet is deploying a hybrid VSAT and DSL/Cable/EV-DO network to provides optimized support for Cumberland Farms’ expanding retail applications. Cumberland Farms is upgrading its existing VSAT network to the industry-leading SkyEdge VSAT platform for faster speeds and advanced functionality. The network supports improved performance for Web-based and back-office applications including credit/debit card authorization, POS polling, HR software and inventory tracking, according to the company.

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