Australian soldiers will soon be able to make VoIP calls to keep in touch with friends and family, according to reports.
Technology website computerworld.com.au has revealed that personnel deployed in foreign countries or patrolling Australia’s border will be able to access VoIP via a Wi-Fi enabled PC.
Defence documents on the project obtained by the news provider stated the new initiative was introduced in a bid to boost morale.
They said: “Current-generation Australians utilise the internet for many reasons including communicating with friends and family via email, instant messaging or VoIP.
“[Australian Defence Force] personnel are no different and the provision of these services to deployed forces is seen as a major contributor to morale and an extension of its existing amenities support.”
A total of 370 computers will be issued by the Australian Defence department to the country’s armed forces – the equivalent of one computer for every ten soldiers.
All the PCs will have a bandwidth of at least 56kbps per user and will also allow troops to use word processing packages and access music and videos.