Australia's peak scientific research body, the
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
(CSIRO), has put its entire telecommunications infrastructure out to
The successful applicant would need to maintain CSIRO's existing
data, voice and mobile services or migrate them to new platforms,
according to the tender documents released today.
CSIRO has around 77 sites and almost all are connected using
high-speed fibre-optic links from AARNET, which provide data, voice
and video connectivity. Wide-area network (WAN) traffic had been
increasing due to increasing use of video-conferencing and
centralised email and file servers.
The successful applicant would need to cater for CSIRO's "short
notice, high flexibility" planning cycle by providing "more than
traditionally adequate bandwidth".
Telstra currently provides CSIRO's PSTN and ISDN voice
connections. While the organisation is in the process of upgrading
its PABX systems to Cisco Unified Communications systems, it
expects these legacy voice connections to remain "in the short to
CSIRO has approximately 3200 mobile phones, around 900 of which
are BlackBerry devices, also provided by Telstra. Staff use Telstra
mobile wireless data cards for internet and virtual private network
(VPN) connectivity back to the office.
In addition, CSIRO has a large number of telemetry services
including 270 circuit-switched data lines; devices which use SMS or
low-bandwidth mobile data technologies and a growing number of
applications using the Telstra Next G network to transmit live
video and data streams.
The tender closes on 21 December 2009 and CSIRO hopes to sign an
agreement with the successful bidder by March 2010.