On 2 February 2010, Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA) issued a Request for Tender (RFT) to cope with the pressure now placed on the ESTA network.
ESTA is a Statutory Authority responsible for delivering Emergency Triple Zero (000) call taking and dispatch services to the Victorian Public on behalf of the Emergency Service Organisations.
According to tender documents, ESTA sites are connected via a Telstra network and a shared managed service. Security across the Core Network as well as future strength and robustness are key concerns of the RFT.
The incumbent Core Network was commissioned in late 2005. “There has been significant growth in the complexity and volume of traffic across the ESTA network,” says the tender document. “This, combined with increased reliance on the network to provide mission critical services, has identified a need to change the network services delivery model.”
Following an external review of the current Core Network, ESTA seeks to procure a “fully managed network service sourced from a single vendor, complete with the ability to access professional services in respect of changes to the Core Network as required”.
The successful supplier will establish a data platform that links ESTA’s four major sites through a managed service. The data platform provided under the managed service will comprise optical fibre links and include edge devices within ESTA’s Access Network.