DFAT award communications contract

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has awarded a multi-million dollar contract for the implementation and support of its data communications network infrastructure.

Under the terms of the three-year contract integrated telco and IP services provider, Asia Global Crossing (AGC), will provide managed data services to about 40 Australian embassies, consulates, high commissions and diplomatic missions world-wide.

AGC provided pilot services to DFAT with a leased line service between Chicago and Washington DC, and an ATM service between London and Canberra.

This latest deal provides for three regional hubs located in Canberra, Washington DC and London which AGC will link in a private network with frame relay connections to individual Australian missions across the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas and Europe/Middle East.

Mal Skelly, DFAT's assistant secretary for information management, said: "Asia Global Crossing will enable DFAT to provide network services to other Australian Government agencies around the world in a cost-effective manner.

"We have seen significant growth in traffic and expect our needs to continue to increase."

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