Telstra names DMO winners

Nortel Networks has emerged a significant winner in the tendering process for Telstra's mammoth Data Mode of Operation (DMO) project ending months of speculation.

Gerry Moriarty, Teslstra's group managing director, network and technology group yesterday announced a series of contracts and suppliers for the project which was first expected to be announced in April.

In the multi million project, which will see the construction of a single network to provide integrated voice and data services, Nortel will provide core network infrastructure including Internet Protocol (IP), Frame Relay, ATM and Telstra Access Server solution technologies as well as systems integration. According to officials, the deal is estimated to be worth in the order of $US650 million over 5 years.

Early strong contenders, Cisco and Alcatel missed out on a major slice of the pie, but will supply key Voice over IP technology, officials said. In addition Alcatel is also providing the next generation network management solutions.

Lucent Technologies has been selected to provide the dial-in gateway and associated signally gateway technologies.

According to officials, more announcement can be expected throughout the year as partner for the deployment of broadband access and enhanced services management are selected.

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