TVNZ seeks single telecomms source

Broadcaster prepares for VoIP and convergence

Television New Zealand is putting its telecommunications contracts out to tender, seeking a single supplier for its wide area, telephony and internet access among other network services.

As part of the process, the state-owned enterprise is also readying itself for voice over IP, asking for proposals that offer a migration path to the new technology while seeking the most cost effective solution for fixed line telephony in the interim. It is also seeking proposals that feature convergence of voice, data and video.

“TVNZ expects that the proposals offered will provide lower communication costs through single-sourcing compared to the current costs of disparate networks, and provide lower communication costs over time through convergent technologies and commodity bandwidth prices,” the tender documents say.“

The tender notes TVNZ’s position on high definition TV, saying the company is “not currently committed to procuring High Definition (HD) solutions as a matter of policy. However, it is interested in obtaining from the respondent relevant information on HD material handling functionality so it protects its new investment decisions.”

Mobile phone and cellular data equipment and plans are outside the scope of the tender. Evaluation of proposals is expected to be complete by the end of May.

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