Uniting Church proves it has soul with three year telco contract

Networked sites increase from 73 to 92

Emerging telecommunications group, Soul today signed a three year, multi-million dollar partnership with UnitingCare Ageing (UC Ageing)

The contract involves Soul deploying its telecommunications data services to more than 90 UC Ageing sites across NSW and the ACT.

UC Ageing's project focuses on key infrastructure within the aged care group's strategic plan, covering a single network to support residential care, community care, finance and resident management and Payroll/HR/Rostering computer applications.

This network will provide 24x7 support, cost efficiencies by replacing six separate networks currently in use, a DR capability.

Overally, the organization will extend the number of networked sites from 73 to 92.

Soul CEO, Michael Simmons, said it is the second major contract win this week.

Earlier this month, Soul announced a five year, multi-million dollar deal with the federal government welfare agency, Centrelink.

Soul will deploy its telecommunications data services to more than 350 Centrelink sites across Australia.

Director of UnitingCare Ageing, Gillian McFee, said this deal is a major development for the organisation in its bid to provide the highest quality aged care in the industry.

"As the largest providers of aged care in NSW and ACT, this partnership with Soul will ultimately make a difference to more than 14,000 people presently in our care," she added.

Soul began in 2000 and has the largest independent fully converged voice, video and data network in Australia.

UnitingCare Ageing is responsible for the Uniting Church's ministry for older people, particularly those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable and isolated.

With around 14,000 people in care, UnitingCare Ageing is the single largest provider of aged care services in New South Wales and the ACT.

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