Sydney's Macquarie University has contracted Avaya to
provide it with a 6000-handset IP telephony roll-out, in what
appeared to be a snub to its existing networking partner Nortel,
which maintains its Australian head office on the university's
In a statement, the university said it had chosen the Avaya
solution (through its partner NSC) because of the quality of the
products and the expertise of both companies. "We needed to replace
our ageing telephony system with a new IP communications hardware
and software system that enabled us to introduce further
communications applications in the future," said Macquarie IT
services project manager Bruce MacLean.
The new system went live in late June and will spread across the
university, the institution said.
Macquarie University has maintained a strong relationship with
Nortel over the years, apart from the close physical presence of
the Canadian networking giant on its campus. In February 2008, the
university announced that it had contracted Nortel and partner 3D
networks to provide a new data network for its campus.
"The new network, designed and implemented by Nortel and 3D
Networks, will completely replace the university's existing
infrastructure, and result in a more reliable, scalable platform
for future IP services such as multimedia, video conferencing and
IP telephony," a Nortel statement said at the time.
In addition, back in July 2006 the university chose a
comprehensive network security solution Nortel.