AAPT opens $30m hi-tech centre in Vic

A $30 million technology centre has been launched by AAPT to cater for the growing voice, data and Internet needs of Victorian businesses, government departments and residents.

The AAPT Business and Technology Centre was officially opened at an industry function this week by John Brumby, Treasurer of Victoria and the Minister for State and Regional Development.

Connected to AAPT's national voice and data network, the centre features advanced telecommunications technology, including fibre optic and local multipoint distribution service (LMDS) transmission equipment, Cisco network equipment, management support systems and a Siemens telephone exchange.

Benefits of the centre include supporting the provision of broadband to regional areas, the ability to connect Internet service providers directly to the huge capacity of the Southern Cross network, and the doubling of voice and data switches in Melbourne to ensure greater reliability and redundancy.

The centre also features an IP solutions test lab, which will be used to help, build, test and configure equipment before it is installed at remote Victorian sites.

A statement issued by AAPT said the centre enables AAPT to roll out regional networks throughout Victoria faster and more smoothly.

"Facilities such as this one are essential if Victoria is to be a leader in the development and use of e-commerce applications," Brumby said.

"AAPT's decision to invest $30 million in its new centre here in Victoria underlines this state's attractiveness as an ICT centre of excellence to major international investors."

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