The Victorian Government has extended AAPT's contract to build and manage its high-speed IP data network, VicOne.
The five-year contract, which was coming up for renewal in September this year, has been extended for 12 months to September 2003 to allow a seamless implementation of the Government's new telecommunications strategy.
Under the agreement, AAPT will continue to implement new services for Victorian Government agencies until the new purchasing panels are established, with the operation of the network maintained by AAPT until completion of the extended term of the contract.
Dr Richard Dammery, group director of infrastructure at VicOne and AAPT said VicOne is one of the Southern hemisphere's largest secure, private IP data networks and supports more than 25 Victorian Government departments across 3500 sites, servicing more than 700,000 users daily.
To date, AAPT has rolled out fibre optic and high-bandwidth wireless network services to eight major regional centres. To support the network, AAPT has established 42 switching stations across the state and set up a major call centre in Bendigo as well as a network management centre in Melbourne.