Vic Health group install microwave, ATM network

A Victorian health services group led by the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria is adopting a microwave and ATM-based network to support two new Melbourne campuses.

In the project, the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria and other state and national health organisations are installing interconnecting Alcatel microwave and Xylan ATM-based networking links.

James Dunstan, business development manager of systems integrator International Networking Solutions (INS), said the physical network installation is under way, with around 450 users expected to use the infrastructure when it goes live in early December.

Dunstan said implementation began around six weeks ago following a pilot program and is expected to be completed by the first week in December.

According to Dunstan, technologies including ISDN and frame relay were considered for the project, which appeared best suited to the microwave and ATM solutions.

While not revealing the actual costs, Dunstan said the network represents more than 50 per cent of the capital expenditure for the project, which included construction and fitout of the buildings.

In addition to Xylan's Omniswitch products, the organisations are implementing Compaq ProLiant servers for integration with an Ericsson PBX for telecommunications needs.

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