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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Recently-completed network upgrades to military computer systems in Areas III and IV will give more than 6,000 account holders faster and more reliable Internet service.

The upgrades are part of a larger, multi-million dollar project, dubbed the I3MP, to improve the military’s computer infrastructure in South Korea.

“For the past couple of years the e-mail network in Area III and IV has been outdated and overloaded,” said 2nd Lt. Walter DeLa Vega of the 36th Signal Battalion, which helped install the upgrades.

“As the number of Army personnel and civilians have increased in the Republic of Korea, so has the workload to the e-mail servers.”

Officials said the most recent upgrades, completed Friday, involved several new e-mail servers that can handle up to 10,000 e-mail accounts each.

“It will be a long time before we outgrow these servers,” said Spc. Brian Shelton, a systems administrator with the 169th Signal Battalion, which also worked on the upgrades.

Similar hardware upgrades have been completed in Areas I and II, 1st Signal Brigade officials have said.

Most recently, technicians with the Theater Network Operations and Security Center 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.

Officials said the systems monitor secure and non-secure Internet systems and the Defense Switching Network, or DSN, phone system. The unit is made up of U.S. Army soldiers, South Korean soldiers assigned to U.S. units, Army civilians and South Korean contractors.

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