in brief The Federal Government announced today that it would spend $13.8 million to roll out Cisco's TelePresence videoconferencing system to 20 of its offices around the nation.
The network will span thousands of kilometres and reach across all Australian states and territories, helping the government reduce the cost of travel and lower its carbon emissions.
Telstra will be deploying the 20 units — 13 three-screen 3000s and seven single-screen 1000s — within Parliament House, seven Commonwealth Government offices, the offices of the Premiers as well as in the Chief Minister agencies in all the states and the territory. Data transfer will be done by Telstra's Next IP network.
Four are to be ready by June 2009, with the rest to be finished by the end of the year. When completed, the system is to be used for meetings such as the Council of Australian Governments.
Telstra and Cisco announced in November last year that they would be partnering to build TelePresence products for the Australian market.