Sydney-based network integrator Com Tech Communications has been chosen by Gold Coast City Council to provide a new data communications network for over 1200 administration users, making it one of the largest ATM-based networks in Queensland.
The initial stage of the deal is valued at $1.6 million, with its completion expected by March this year. Further developments are expected to proceed in the next two years.
The selection of the successful candidate was initiated two years ago with the establishment of a group of accredited integrators that the council could draw upon.
"The selection procedure was based on the price and time-frame offered, and expected quality of service," said Garry Kupser, telecommunications and network infrastructure coordinator of the Gold Coast City Council.
Kupser calculated that the selection process, in all its extension, took about 10 months, with initial work on the project having started in November last year.
At this stage, Com Tech's role is to design and implement the high-speed switching infrastructure and the tools for its monitoring and maintenance, based on Cisco hardware, software and network management tools, and contributing its own equipment, project management, DHCP services, training, installation and commissioning.
The end product will consist of 15 core ATM switches and more than 1600 switched ports, as well as a high-speed microwave link between the City Council's administration centres.