Nortel has opened the doors on its new purpose-built headquarters in Sydney, giving its partners the ability to access and showcase its latest technologies wares.
The new premises at Macquarie University Research Park were designed to reflect the vendor's focus on mobility, company chief convergence architect, Mick Regan, said, and would house all of the company's 250 local staff.
In-house demonstration facilities are now available to both carrier and enterprise partners, to enable them to show live events, such as uninterruptible power supply capabilities.
"The facility enables our channel partners to come into the ground level of the building to use our demo areas with customers," he said.
The building is also equipped with high-speed broadband technology and Nortel's enterprise communications portfolio. This includes a secure wireless local area network, a converged network providing Internet protocol telephony and high-speed data link for its Multimedia Communications Server (MCS) application.
The MCS video technology had to be pushed into action at the building's opening ceremony when Federal Government treasurer, Peter Costello, cancelled and had to be conferenced in, Regan said.
The building would be a working example of Nortel's 'virtual enterprise', he said.
"Virtual enterprise is a concept based on how easy it is to work if you've got the right infrastructure around you," Regan said.
Access to the new demo facilities can be booked by channel partners through existing programs.
Nortel's nPower program continues to be the main conduit for channel business, Regan said, along with distributors, Lan Systems and Express Data.