The authority made the call for information following a four-year allocation of $320 million for it to undertake work to enhance the government radio network.
The government radio network — managed by the Telco Authority for the government — currently services the operational communications needs of 44 government agencies and essential services, including emergency services and law enforcement, utilities and power providers, local councils and state and federal government agencies.
“Through the Critical Communications Enhancement Program, the government radio network will grow from 180 to approximately 400 sites over the next few years, increasing to 700 sites when fully built across metropolitan and regional NSW,” says managing director of NSW Telco Authority, Kate Foy.
“The program aims to deliver world-class critical communications services to our public safety and law enforcement agencies well into the future.”
“With an expansion of this size, we need to scale up how we operate, maintain and deliver network services to address the increased scope of the operating environment.
“We’re seeking feedback from industry to inform our Request for Tender on potential improvements and cost-effective solutions.”
Foy said the Request for Information appeals to industry for innovative ideas and models for the construction, operation and maintenance of the expanded network ahead of a formal tender process.
The RFI opened on Wednesday and closes on 12 September.