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ECU and Nortel Networks give IT students a head start

Wednesday, 07 May 2008


Edith Cowan University (ECU) has recognised the contributions of Nortel Networks in setting up the new Unified Communications Laboratory at the School of Computer and Information Science.

Nortel's WA State Manager Rob Bresa, Solutions Consultant - Convergence and Applications Irwin Davis and Training Representative Vimaljeet Sandhu-Crawford will tour the Laboratory with Head of School of Computer and Information Science, Associate Professor Craig Valli.

Earlier this year, Nortel Networks provided nearly $200,000 of cutting edge server, telephony and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) equipment, which is an essential part of the Unified Communications Laboratory.

Multimedia over IP, VOIP and internet telephony has experienced major growth over the last few years and the technology is now readily accepted.

ECU's School of Computer Information Science has restructured the Networking course and set up the new Laboratory to cater for the predicted demand for skilled graduates in this area.

The new Laboratory allows students to design, configure, implement and manage a real VOIP solution, providing valuable hands-on experience.

Head of School of Computer and Information Science, Associate Professor Craig Vallli says that the partnership with Nortel has been crucial in providing a realistic work environment for students.

"As VOIP takes hold over traditional telephony, demand for skilled graduates in this area will far outweigh supply," says Associate Professor Valli.

"Nortel have provided us with a world class learning environment through the Unified Communications Laboratory."

Nortel's affiliation with ECU goes beyond the Computer and IT area - all staff and students benefit from the high performance secure network environment provided by Nortel both on and off campus.

In 2004, Nortel implemented ECU's Wireless Mesh network, Australia's first wide-area WiFi network, to service the needs of staff and students.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says the partnership with Nortel ensures students are job-ready and equipped to succeed.

"The Unified Communications Laboratory provides our students with a world class learning facility and I thank Nortel for their ongoing support," he said.

Nortel also contributes to research and industry projects at ECU through the Nortel Development Fund established in 2004.

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