Dimension Data trials voice and video

Video gateway to allow government agencies to make external video calls

Dimension Data, which operates the one.govt network, is trialling two gateways that will offer, respectively voice and video services when ratified by the Department of Internal Affairs.

The voice gateway is fairly well developed, says Phil Goodwin, general manager marketing. “DIA will identify the upstream providers. A number of agencies see big gains by taking away trunk costs.”

The service will also provide free inter-agency calling.

The video gateway will allow agencies to make external video calls. Currently, several have video but only for internal communications.

Goodwin says “a pile of customers” are on the voice trial, which will use the pipe dedicated to wide-area-network services.

He expects the voice option to provide similar savings to those provided by the WAN, at around 30 percent.

“It varies by agency – some have negotiated well with their current providers.”

There are 27 agencies using the one.govt WAN service.

Goodwin expects one.govt to be complementary to the government’s proposed infrastructure as a service contract.

DIA recently ratified new email and web protection services. The first cleans email of spam and protects agencies from sending out inappropriate content.

Goodwin says the second is an extension of McAfee’s global service, which has been tailored for New Zealand requirements. “It gives the agency a degree of management control to meet their policies. For example, the agency can control who might have access to Facebook or LinkedIn.

Dimension Data is also developing a hosted version of SEEmail, which most agencies use as the government secure email.

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