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NZ Lotteries to Deploy Telecom IP Infrastructure

NZ Lotteries to Deploy New IP Infrastructure from Telecom

14 November 2005


New IP backbone to service one of the largest retail transaction networks in New Zealand

The New Zealand Lotteries Commission (NZ Lotteries) and Telecom today announced they have signed a four-year contract to have Telecom replace the NZ Lotteries’ current data communications network with an Internet Protocol (IP) network, linking its more than 800 lottery retail outlets.

The system will service NZ Lotteries’ retail network and provide the Commission with greater flexibility, said NZ Lotteries Chief Executive, Trevor Hall.

“The new IP system is a complete transformation of our network infrastructure; it will be the backbone, extending from our data centre out to the lottery terminals in stores across the country,” said Mr Hall. “Being IP–based, it will be a much more flexible and manageable system.”

Telecom’s Gen-i will play a key role in delivering and managing the IP network. Gen-i will manage and provide security, monitoring and reporting services for the network and the new NZ Lotteries data centre.

“With lottery retailers in every corner of New Zealand, providing a solution for such a large network is no simple feat,” said Mark O’Donnell, General Manager, Telecom Business Solutions. “But Telecom and Gen-i are bringing to this project years of experience in implementing and supporting large-scale network initiatives across wide geographic areas. We are very excited to be a part of such a ground-breaking next- generation business deployment.”

“We are confident we can deliver an IP network to meet NZ Lotteries current and future requirements,” he said. Telecom provides NZ Lotteries current network and has done so since the lottery began in 1987.

About NZ Lotteries

NZ Lotteries is a Crown entity. It was established in 1987 and operates under the Gambling Act 2003. Its primary goal is to continue to generate improved earnings to maximise the contribution made to numerous New Zealand communities and organisations. The New Zealand Lotteries Commission (NZ Lotteries) is New Zealand’s only gaming provider with a pure community benefit funding model.

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