The federal department responsible for
implementing communications policy in Australia has chosen local integrator
BTAS to implement a new Alcatel-based Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP) telephony system throughout its operations.
The Department of Communications, Information Technology and
the Arts (DCITA) went out to tender in March for a new VoIP system
for its four locations in Canberra, with the intent of replacing "aged" legacy PABX hardware.
The rollout will include some 950 IP handsets as well as
associated software and networking equipment, including
"The tender was awarded to BTAS, who will be providing the
department with a feature rich, scalable and cost effective
solution for its IP telephony requirements," a spokesperson for
the department told ZDNet Australia this afternoon.
"The IP solution will be fully implemented by October of this
year," they added, noting the solution was based on Alcatel
A spokesperson for BTAS was not immediately available to
provide more details about the rollout, nor did DCITA comment
According to the integrator's Web site, BTAS is a privately owned Australian company with a client list including QBE, George Patterson, Candle IT&T recruitment, David Jones, Makita and CB Richard Ellis.
ZDNet Australia's Steven Deare contributed to this report.