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OTC buying new exchanges to meet strong telex growth



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comunmiore OTC BUYING NEW EXCHANGES TO MEET STRONG TELEX GROWTH

The Overseas Telecommunications Commission (Australia) will buy

two new telex exchanges worth approximately $7 million to meet

the fast-growing demand of Australian business for its overseas

telex service.

"Demand is growing at about 20% a year," the Minister for

Communications, Mr Neil Brown, said today.

"This growth rate is likely to be sustained in the foreseeable

future, even allowing for the introduction and growth of new

information transfer services."

Mr Brown announced that a contract for the two computer-controlled

4000-line exchanges had been awarded to L.M. Ericsson Australia

Pty Ltd, an Australian subsidiary of the big Swedish electronics

group, L.M. Ericsson Telefonaktiebolaget.

Australian content in the contract amounts to just over 40%.

L.M. Ericsson will manufacture line termination equipment at its

Broadmeadows plant in Victoria and three OTC engineers will work

fulltime with L.M. Ericsson staff developing specialised .

software for the new exchanges. .

Mr Brown said the first of the two exchanges would be installed

at OTC1s Paddington international exchange in Sydney and would

be ready for service in late 1983. .

It would replace the existing 1800-line Ericsson cross-bar

exchange, the first automatic telex exchange in Australia when

it was commissioned in 1966.

Press Release

No. 82/61 Date 15 September 1982

M inister for Communications T h e Hon. N.A. Brown, Q.C., M.P.

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The second exchange was scheduled for 1985 and would replace a

2500-line exchange currently located at OTC's Broadway

international exchange. *

"The new equipment will keep Australia's telecommunications

services in line with the most advanced in the world," the

Minister said. '

"It will enable improvements to be introduced to the overseas

telex service and give OTC the capacity to meet increased

overseas telex demand until the 1990s."

New service features included a store and forward facility,

where telex messages could be sent in advance by a subscriber

and stored in the exchange until the telex machine overseas was

available. The exchange would persist in trying to connect the

call until the message got through. .

The new equipment would also allow abbreviated dialling, thus

reducing the time spent in transmitting long and complicated

telex addresses.

Both exchanges were capable of being expanded to cater for.

traffic growth and either could carry the total international

load temporarily should there be an emergency.

15 September 1982