Under the contract iiNet will provide Internet services for all Tasmanian Government departments except for the Department of Education, and another 36 non-crown customers such as local councils that leverage the government’s buying power to obtain competitive Internet access rates.
iiNet won the contract, which includes optonal one-year extensions, through TMD, a division of Tasmania’s Department of Premier and Cabinet.
iiNet’s is required, under the contract, to build additional fibre optic links to connect up its Hobart data centre with the Tasmanian Government’s core network. Once complete, it will provide Internet services to a central location, with the Tasmanian Government using its own network to reticulate Internet access to various agencies.
The Tasmanian Minister for Information Technology and Innovation, Michael Ferguson, said that under the contract, the Government will be able to increase capacity while still making substantial savings.
“This is the first purchase to be made through the Networking Tasmania III project to deliver and support the Tasmanian Cloud.”
The Tasmanian Cloud is a Tasmanian Government initiative to better serve the needs of the Tasmanian community, as well as support the local ICT industry, by moving the majority of Government data to secure, outsourced on-island data centre services.
iiNet’s State Manager for Tasmania and Victoria, Ryan Mistry, who is also a board member of TasICT, said iiNet had won the contract by offering better value-for-money. “iiNet has a long-standing presence in Tasmania, so it’s great to grow our existing relationship with the State Government.”