PDO overhauls communications systems

GITEX: Petroleum Development Oman awards contract to US firm Avaya.

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By  Dylan Bowman Published  October 19, 2008

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has awarded US firm Avaya a contract to overhaul its communications systems, the company said on Sunday.

PDO, which accounts the majority of Oman's crude oil and natural gas production, said Avaya will install an internet protocol (IP)-based system that will allow employees to merge all of their communications interactions.

PDO said the Avaya Unified Communications system will give employees access to voice, video, voice mail, instant messaging, and their contacts directory through one interface.

Using a telephone, PC or laptop computer, employees will be able to log into the PDO corporate network from any location, it said. 

Employees will be able to access messages any time, anywhere from a wide array of access devices, it said.

"Faced with a growing reliance of the business on various forms of overlapping communications and collaboration tools and solutions, it became critical to pursue a solution that is converged, streamlined and easy-to-manage," Nd Uche, PDO IT infrastructure manager, said in a statement.

"The system being implemented for PDO provides opportunities to add more business-critical communications applications to the IP infrastructure and introduce rich communications features across all sites."

PDO said the project will be done in four phases, the first of which has already been completed.

The financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

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