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Corrections Returns Business To Telecom

CORRECTIONS RETURNS BUSINESS TO TELECOM

The Corrections Department is to return its telecommunications business to Telecom.

Telecom is signing a six-year contract with the Department worth $30 million. Corrections is one of the biggest Government departments with 4500 staff working at 230 sites throughout the country

The contract will initially provide traditional PABX and frame relay services but will switch to a voice over IP (Internet Protocol) in 2005.

Telecom General Manager Corporate Sales Mark O’Donnell said the Department ’s telecommunications plans were very exciting.

“Corrections wants to develop an all-IP network that will allow it to use services like video-conferencing for staff training across the country, integrated with the voice calling and data traffic.

“We’re going to be working shoulder to shoulder with Corrections staff to deliver everything they need, on time and on budget,” Mr O’Donnell said.

The Department went to tender last year and in March chose a competitor to deliver most of its telecommunication needs.

“As we understand it there have been some issues during the project and when Corrections came back to talk to us, they were very keen to explore exactly what we would be able to do.

“They’ve tied us to some very tight timeframes and we’re going to be putting everything into delivering for them,” Mr O’Donnell said.

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