Thursday, 19 July 2018 12:51

Optus named key telco supplier to NSW Government

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Three days after the NSW Government touted its smart digital procurement benefits in deals with telcos, Microsoft and Salesforce, Optus has announced it is one of the winners. 

Optus Business today announced that it "has been awarded a place on the NSW Government’s whole-of-government Telecommunications Purchasing Arrangements for fixed voice services, mobile, fixed data and Internet services".

The agreement, which a NSW Government DFSI panel negotiated on a whole-of-government basis, will see "Optus Business able to deliver services across all voice, data and mobile. The five-year agreement, which came into effect on 1 July, is not mandatory for agencies but offers them the assurance of the NSW Government’s collective buying power".

John Paitaridis, managing director of Optus Business, said: “We are excited about the opportunities to deliver the service to underpin the NSW Government’s digital strategy. NSW agencies still have the flexibility of choice as well as the confidence of Optus’ enterprise grade solutions.

“These partnerships are critical to realising the NSW Government’s digital strategy – to deliver smart, simple and seamless services to everyone in NSW,” said Greg Wells, NSW Government chief information and digital officer.

Optus reminds us that the NSW Government employs more than 300,000 people, and notes that "the agreement will undergo an annual review by both parties to ensure it keeps pace with the needs and offerings of the quickly evolving telecommunications technology".

In iTWire's previous article entitled "NSW Govt touts digital smart procurement benefits in deals with telcos, Microsoft and Salesforce", a Telstra spokesperson said: "Telstra has a long history working with both the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation and the various departments of the NSW Government.

"The new five-year panel agreement is significant, as it enables us to continue to serve our customers with better access to potential savings and innovative new technology services and solutions."

So, it looks like there are multiple telco winners in this government deal which is spreading the dollars around the tech sector as it obviously chooses the best solutions for whichever bits of government it seeks to apply them to.

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