Housing New Zealand is looking at a converged voice, data, videoconferencing and mobile telecomms package to service 56 sites around the country.
The state corporation is assessing tenders for such a system and while it isn’t giving too much away about the process, a HNZC spokesman told Computerworld “the aim of the proposed upgrade is to combine our purchasing capabilities for voice, data and mobile services to reduce our costs, which will make our business more efficient and allow us to offer more services.
“The converged services, such as VoIP, will deliver new capabilities in support of our business objectives.”
Requirements include WAN services to all sites, including QoS functionality for simultaneous provision of voice, data and videoconferencing and mobile voice and data network and support.
As the size of the project suggests, it’s likely to be beyond the capability of a single vendor and tender documents acknowledge that.
“It is envisaged that no one vendor will be able to meet the needs of the organisation and vendors will need to either act as prime vendor in consortia, or participate as a partner.”
The project is likely be one of the biggest telecomms moves to IP-based telephony the country has seen since the Ministry of Social Development installed a Cisco VoIP system in 2000.