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Enemies team up for big university deal

Enemies team up for big university deal

In a deal worth more than $750,000, the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has enlisted former partners JNA Technologies and Cisco to upgrade its main Toowoomba campus network.

Only finalised in the last two months, the deal may be one of the last occasions JNA and Cisco will work together following Lucent Technologies' buyout of the systems integrator in July this year.

However, John Dunsdon, communications manager, information technology services, USQ, has no fears that the friction between the companies will affect its support or services.

"We have written assurances from JNA and Cisco . . . Lucent's buyout will not affect their services and the USQ will always be supported for the term of the contract," he said.

The project comprises a complete campus network upgrade to include implementing an ATM backbone, two PABX connections and a 10Mbps switched Ethernet network to the desktop.

The new network replaces a centrally routed 10Mbps shared Ethernet system and will provide opportunities for integrated voice, data and multimedia traffic across the network.


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