Tuesday, 14 August 2018 10:28

Optus inks $6m telecoms deal with Department of Health Featured

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Optus has consolidated and expanded its services to government with the securing of a $6 million deal to provide the Australian Government’s Department of Health with telecommunications products and services, including Wide Area Network, mobile and voice services to the department’s 5000 users.

Under the single-service agreement, Australia’s second largest telco has been appointed as the Department of Health’s whole-of-department telecommunications provider.

Singtel-owned Optus adds the new agreement to its current long-standing agreements with the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Home Affairs.

The new agreement is for three years and the Optus Business appointment was finalised after a competitive tender process was completed.

Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis said the Optus solution had been designed to provide the Department of Health a resilient WAN and Voice environment which has multiple levels of redundancy and resiliency.

“Optus is committed to providing services that are cost-effective, robust and scalable to meet the Department of Health’s current and future needs as they deliver the nation’s health and wellbeing,” he said.

“We look forward to working with the Department of Health to support their digitisation and innovation agenda, through the provision of high-performance infrastructure and ICT services.”

The Department of Health said it was looking forward to working with Optus Business to provide employees with high-quality WAN and Data Carriage, Mobile and Voice Services.

The Department — which has already begun transition activities under the new agreement — says the arrangement will support its national footprint, enabling its vision to support the health and well-being of all Australians.

Paitaridis said the new agreement complements Optus’ long-standing partnerships with the ATO and Department of Home Affairs.

“With our recent addition to the supplier panel for Department of Defence, Optus Business is now involved in supporting three of the four largest government departments in Australia, reinforcing our position as a market leading telco and ICT provider,” he said.

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