University invests $5m in phase one of IP telephony project

An Australian university is investing $5 million in phase one of an IP telephony project under way now.

To be formally announced tomorrow, the deal with an as yet unnamed university, will provide network scalability to 15,000 IP end points for telephone and computer use, according to an Avaya Australia official who said it is the convergence vendor's largest IP telephony win globally.

While phase one will be rolled out over the next three months, no details were available on either the full cost or timing of the project. Avaya Australia and its gold business partner NSC won the highly competitive bid.

The network will provide improved telephony services, converged data and video services, new applications, improved call centre services and cost savings over the life of the network.

The network will also support mobile phones and PDA (personal digital assistant) devices.

Following the phase one rollout, the university will be able to migrate to full IP telephony at its own pace, with Avaya's Multivantage solution able to integrate both analogue and IP technology.

Further details are expected to be available tomorrow.

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