Think Notre Dame and football is the first thing likely to come to mind.
Yet the school is also on the forefront of the IP revolution. This week, it inked a five-year, "multi-million-dollar" contract with SBC to replace the school's current network with 7,000 Internet phones.
The hosted VoIPoffering will use SBC PremierSERV Hosted IP Communication Service (HIPCS), asolution that bundles a hosted information service with SBC's high-speed-to-backbone SBC PremierSERV Dedicated Internet Accessservice.
As envisioned by SBC and Notre Dame, the deployment will give the school's faculty and administrative staff a range of productivity-enhancing features, such as a single inbox for voice and e-mail messages, "click-to-call" functionality from computers, and "find me, follow me" call routing options, all accessible via personalized Web pages.
The system will also have remote access capability for Notre Dame faculty and officials to log in remotely from anywhere in the country.
I have no reason to believe this deployment will not be successful. It may even serve as a case history template that will show the 3,600 accredited institutions of higher learning in the U.S. the right way to convert to VoIP.