The University of Texas at Austin

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Project Launches

March 22, 2013

A significant milestone was achieved towards realizing a major IT governance priority—updating the aging telephone system. After a rigorous bid process, Mutual Telecom Services, Inc. (MTS) was selected to speed the deployment of the new, campus-wide Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system. Led by John Lovelace, ITS project manager, meetings with MTS and Networking & Telecommunications (N&T) personnel started this week to launch the project with the goal of implementing VoIP throughout campus in about two years.

The current copper-based telephone infrastructure has served campus well for more than 25 years. VoIP telephone service will take advantage of the existing data network to decrease the overall cost of providing telephone services in the future, while increasing flexibility and adding new features.

VoIP conversions in buildings will occur in four “Waves,” and the VoIP advisory group prioritized Wave 1 buildings based on current or pending construction activity. The first step is to survey Wave 1 buildings, and the results will inform future implementation waves. Wave 1 buildings include:

  • ACE - Applied Computational Engr. & Sci.
  • AHG - Anna Hiss Gymnasium
  • BUR - Burdine Hall
  • CS6 - Central Chilling Station No. 6
  • CBA - McCombs School of Business
  • ENS - Engineering-Science Bldg.
  • GEA - Mary E. Gearing Hall
  • GSB - Graduate School of Business Bldg.
  • MBB - Moffett Molecular Biology Bldg.
  • NHB - Norman Hackerman Building
  • NOA - North Office Building A
  • PAT - J.T. Patterson Labs. Bldg.
  • PPA - Hal C. Weaver Power Plant Annex
  • PPE - Hal C Weaver Power Plant Expansion
  • PPL - Hal C. Weaver Power Plant
  • RLM - Robert Lee Moore Hall
  • SEA - Sarah M. & Charles E. Seay Building
  • SWG - Speedway Garage
  • WEL - Robert A. Welch Hall
  • WRW - W.R. Woolrich Labs.
  • UTA - UT Administration Building

Those interested in receiving regular updates about the project, can sign up at UT List for “voip-project” https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa

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