Monday, 21 September 2020 10:48

Vocus signs three-year deal to provide national services for ATO Featured

Vocus signs three-year deal to provide national services for ATO Courtesy Vocus

Fibre and network solutions provider Vocus has signed a three-year deal to provide secure national data and Internet services to the Australian Taxation Office.

The contract can be extended thrice, for two years at a time, meaning that it can run for nine years in toto.

Vocus said in a statement that it would provide up to 230 service across 80 ATO sites on its secure network, with IP WAN, Internet and data centre connectivity for all existing and future ATO sites.

The company will provide most of the ATO's services through its own fibre network, connecting all Australian capital cities with regional centres and Asia.

Vocus Group chief executive Kevin Russell said the deal indicated that Vocus was increasingly being recognised as a national provider of secure network infrastructure and solutions.

“We’re very proud of the strong record we have in delivering secure, reliable and high performing services for the Federal Government,” he said.

“Winning this contract, which provides the foundational layer of the ATO’s national network infrastructure, shows the trust and confidence large government agencies have in our network and our capability to deliver brilliant solutions made simple.

“Importantly, it is also our culture and the way we work that differentiates us for customers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this tender was primarily conducted virtually.

"Our team demonstrated that we will go the extra mile to make things as simple, easy and transparent as possible. These are key reasons why we’ve built significant levels of trust with our government customers.”

The Vocus deal is one of the last big contracts to be awarded under the Digital Transformation Agency's Telecommunications Services Panel of which Vocus was a member.

Over the life of the TSP and its predecessors, Vocus has tendered and delivered a contracts for the Bureau of Meteorology, the Department of Finance’s Government Network Services Branch, Department of Treasury, Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Department of Defence, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

The TSP has now been replaced by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Marketplace, announced last week.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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