Massey University’s network, telecommunications and access services are up for tender.
The tender closes on August 17 and is the first for two years, says Massey infrastructure director Gerrit Bahlman.
"Typically, we do it every 18 months to two years.”
Several providers, including Telecom, Clear and GlobalOne, currently serve the university and Bahlman expects them to re-tender.
Advances in technology since the previous tender will play a big part in the tender process. “The university has to take note of where voice services are going, for example and IP telephony is something we’re interested in getting advice on.”
Massey’s multi-campus structure, with three main sites in Palmerston North, Auckland and Wellington plus 13 smaller ones around the country, means “the kinds of data service we need are growing dramatically. There is a need for good communication between campuses to avoid replication.”
Overseas students studying extramurally in countries such as China, Singapore and Malaysia add to the demands, particularly for services such as videoconferencing.
More than 13,000 Massey students are learning online, either as extramural students or on-campus students accessing information from home computers, Bahlman says.
“Then there’s research, where there’s the same kind of demand — researchers are working remotely and connecting back to us via the telecommunications framework.”
As well as using the university’s IT infrastructure to study, many students are using it for transactional purposes such as enrolling and changing courses, Bahlman says.
He wouldn’t reveal the price range of the tender, “but obviously it’s a substantial amount of money”.