Telstra has won a multimillion dollar tender to upgrade telecommunications at Parliament House with a brief to make it one of the most technologically sophisticated communication structures in Australia.
The upgrade is being undertaken in partnership with Alcatel and includes implementation of the voice communications system OmniPCX 4400.
The jointly developed solution for the Department of the Parliamentary Reporting Staff brings together Parliament's networking and IT systems with seamless access between the Internet and integrated voice communications with computer applications.
Alcatel CEO Ross Fowler said the new network provides voice over Internet Protocol(VoIP), a Web-based contact centre and unified messaging.
"Parliament House is one of Australia's largest and most complex communications structures and the contract includes laying 5500 lines and supplying system users with advanced reflex handsets that have one-number mobility, multiline groupware and voice guidance functions," he said.
The new platform is compatible with existing systems and the installation is scheduled to be completed by April.