Nortel and its systems integrator partner, 3D Networks, have secured a $500,000 contract with the University of Ballarat as part of ongoing improvements to the education institution's data network.
The contract is to increase the capacity of the university's Nortel-based data network to meet the growing high-bandwidth needs of the 25,000 students and 2300 staff. The network upgrade also supports a planned campus-wide migration to IP telephony. The solution includes four Ethernet Routing Switch (ERS) 8600s featuring Split Multi Link Trunking (SMLT) technology.
3D Networks CEO, Chris Luxford, said the process will take 12 months from solutions design through the tender process and deployment of the solution. The contract is a continuation of a five-year long association with the university.
"We've got a number of multi-year deals signed with the University of Ballarat, which is one of our top 20 accounts. We consider it very high profile, not just financially but because the university's adoption of technology is very leading edge, which allows us to showcase our capabilities," Luxford said.
Luxford said 3D Networks is helping the university to develop a roadmap for the future, including unified communications and videoconferencing technologies. 3D Networks also maintains contracts with a number of other educational institutions including Macquarie University.
The deal is also one of several education-based contracts secured by Nortel in recent times. In February, Nortel and Commander announced a $7 million contract with RMIT University to provide a unified comms solution.