Shaw University, the nation’s oldest historically black college in the south, has replaced its telephone netowkr with an Internet Protocol-based solution from Avaya.

“Our communications system has gone from the 19th Century to the 21st Century in nine months, and we now have full resources available to all students and simultaneously have a network that’s cost effective and generates a revenue stream,” said Martel Perry, Shaw’s executive vice president, in a statement. “With Avaya Internet Protocol Telephony infrastructure in place, our communications network can take us as far as our imagination wants to go.”

Shaw, a private liberal arts university, replaced a Centrex system. The Avaya system includes data and voice systems network linking 10 different locations on the same calling plan plus videoconferencing. Shaw said it also cut telephony and communications expenses in half and added that savings should be $1.5 million over the next five years.