Telecommunications engineering firm, Star-Tech Communications, has signed with Freshtel Holdings to target the university residential VoIP market.
Star-Tech division general manager, Jean Morel, said the arrangement came after Star-Tech effectively ceased operations with Engin over issues with commission payments and activity reporting.
Morel said the alliance with Freshtel presented a good value-add opportunity for installations. Its first test site at Graduate House involved 20 Siemens wireless handsets and 50 IP desk phones, pre-configured for student use on the Freshtel network.
"It's an entirely opt-in process but our first test site at Graduate House has seen take-up by 34 per cent of residents," he said.
Star-Tech also partners with pay-TV provider SelecTV as a triple play proposition, Morel said.
"It's not so much a service that will appeal to university students, but we are interested in providing for other multiple dwelling units, such as retirement villages and high-rise buildings," he said.
The partnership has gone live in five locations - Graduate House, Macquarie University Village, Griffith University Village, RMIT Village and Victoria University's Sunbury Hall. Morel said another four deployments are planned in the near future.