Hanson Quarry Products has endorsed Frame Relay for building voice over data networks in an evaluation for an upgraded network that consigned Voice over IP (VoIP) into a skip.
Motorola has cemented a deal with the building group to deliver a $15 million integrated data, voice and video Frame Relay based, managed wide area network. The Wan will link 260 remote quarry and office sites throughout the country to the company's regional offices.
Stef Hudson, Hanson's information services manager, said: "We successfully ran voice over Frame Relay on our own test bed and found it robust. VoIP proved unsuccessful - you can give data priority; but not voice, video and data over the same network."
The high specification of the network means that Hanson Quarry will be able to integrate future services such as video surveillance. The network, which is effectively 34 separate networks on Frame Relay, is managed from Motorola's Global Support Centre.
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