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Telstra wins $62.5m AGL deal

Telstra today revealed it had won a five-year, $62.5 million deal to provide utility AGL with telecommunications services, including the migration to a new managed IP data network which will increase capacity between AGL's sites.
Written by Colin Ho, Contributor on

Telstra today revealed it had won a five-year, $62.5 million deal to provide utility AGL with telecommunications services, including the migration to a new managed IP data network which will increase capacity between AGL's sites.

AGL's current network will be replaced by Telstra's Wide Area Network (WAN), giving it a capacity increase billed at between four to 10 times its current speed. The WAN will be connected to Telstra's Next IP network. The plan will also include the provision of mobile handsets, wireless broadband services and BlackBerry devices.

A statement released by Telstra today said the network would improve the efficiency of AGL's call centres and internal communications.

The utility's chief information officer Owen Coppage said the contract followed a long-term relationship between the two companies and is focused on internal security and risk mitigation for AGL.

"Business continuity and disaster planning are critical within this sector, so we've built in additional data links across all of AGL's major sites that will allow us to maintain a consistency of service for AGL's customers in the event of a problem," Coppage said.

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