The transition to Unified Communications services, beginning this summer and continuing for two years, will proceed building-by-building, with timing depending in part on the readiness of the existing infrastructure in each building. We’d like to provide an overview of the kind of work that you might expect to see.
Building readiness depends on several factors. First, does a building have the required space to house the electronics and cabling that need to be installed? In some cases, new telecommunications equipment rooms may need to be built. If your building falls into this category, you may see construction activities. Second, does a building have the required cabling to support the new system? If not, upgraded cabling will be added to the building. Again, you may see some types of construction activity as new cables are installed.
Once these elements of the infrastructure are in place, the building is ready for Unified Communications. Many university buildings are already at this stage, and departments in those buildings may see little to no work until the final steps.
The final work includes checking wires from wall portals to desktops: Are they in the right place? Are they long enough? Is something new needed? Final steps also include verifying the number and types of services for a department. And when the building is fully ready, new phones sets will be delivered, connected, and old ones picked up