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Nanaimo updating its phone system

And you thought your phone costs were expensive.

The City of Nanaimo is installing a new phone system at its public works yard – at a cost of $75,000 – which could lead to further deployment of the system at all city buildings, for an additional $225,000.

A city report indicates the current phone system used at 14 separate facilities is nearing the end of its useful life, with 16 to 20 years of service. Most of the equipment is out of production, including phones at city hall and fire services, which use Nortel phones. Nortel no longer exists.

Mobile and smartphones were considered, but were deemed too expensive.

Money for the city-wide deployment would be funded from the IT computer reserve.

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