Casino considers VoIP possibilities

Sky City telecomms administrator John Sullivan says the communications possibilities presented by voice over IP are 'very exciting'.

Sky City telecomms administrator John Sullivan says the communications possibilities presented by voice over IP are “very exciting”.

The casino operator has an Avaya Definity switch in Auckland and is considering options for developing a VoIP network between its existing Adelaide operation and a planned Hamilton casino.

“Hamilton is still a big hole in the ground at this stage and Adelaide has an old NEC switch,” Sullivan says. The possible takeover by Sky City of Force is another complication, says Sullivan.

Sullivan attended a presentation by Avaya Asia-Pacific data networking head Martin Wicks in Auckland last month, at which he heard of “lots of little opportunities” that VoIP has in store. He was impressed by the level of network management offered by Avaya’s Cajun Rules policy manager software, which allows an administrator to dedicate bandwidth at a particular time to a particular application.

He says that would make the possibility of doing video over IP realistic, if the network could be configured to ensure adequate bandwidth for such a high-consumption application.

But he says any move to VoIP is still in the early planning stages.

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