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Pfc. Michael Pichette and Pfc. Jennifer Bennet, both from the 169th Signal Company, connect one of four switches installed Wednesday at the 55th Theater Support Command, Camp Henry, South Korea.
Pfc. Michael Pichette and Pfc. Jennifer Bennet, both from the 169th Signal Company, connect one of four switches installed Wednesday at the 55th Theater Support Command, Camp Henry, South Korea. (Chris Osurman / Courtesy of U.S. Army)

SEOUL — A multi-million dollar program increasing bandwidth for military computer users in South Korea is on track, officials said Friday. Dubbed the Installation Infrastructure Modernization Program, or I3MP, the upgrade also is designed to make system maintenance easier.

According to the 1st Signal Brigade, which is overseeing the program, work at several sites in Area IV should be complete by the end of December.

“When I3MP is complete, these users will have about 100 percent more bandwidth available than they have now,” read a brigade news release. “In addition to giving users more bandwidth, the upgrade will improve troubleshooters’ efforts to diagnose and resolve customer issues.”

The Area IV project includes sites at Camp Henry, Camp Walker, Camp George and Camp Carroll. Soldiers and civilians from the 36th Signal Battalion’s 169th Signal Company are installing new servers and cable for the system, officials said.

Earlier this year, the brigade installed several new e-mail servers in areas III and IV that handle up to 10,000 e-mail accounts each.

Technicians with the Theater Network Operations and Security Center also installed new routers and firewalls for the computer system that governs all data entering the Korean theater of operations.

Those upgrades to the top level architecture were done both to increase speed and bump up protection against computer viruses and hackers, officials said.

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