Telstra picks up Queensland systems integrator

Telco adds Bridge Point to its ICT services arm

Telstra has acquired Queensland-based systems integrator Bridge Point, the telco announced today.

The company will join Telstra's Network Applications and Services (NAS) business. Bridge Point, which specialises in managed network and security services, currently has 75 employees.

All 75 staff will be going across to the telco. "The most important part of the business that we are acquiring is the people that make it a success today," a Telstra spokesperson said.

"Bridge Point’s expertise and geographical reach will help Telstra continue to grow its leadership position in managed network and managed security services, giving customers access to a broad range of skills and services across Australia," said Telstra's executive director, global enterprise and services, Michelle Bendschneider, in a statement.

Bendschneider said the acquisition complemented the acquisition in January of O2, a Melbourne-headquartered provider of network and security consulting and integration services.

"Both companies share complementary skills in advanced network and emerging technologies, which together provide Telstra with new market opportunities and extends our reach to new customers and geographies," Bendschneider said.

Telstra will retain the Bridge Point brand in the "medium term".

"In the medium term, little will change. In the longer term, Bridge Point employees and customers may be further integrated with the broader Telstra organisation," a spokesperson for the telco said.

"At that point, we will look carefully at the implications before taking any steps."

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"Bridge Point has been a Telstra partner since we started in 2000 so when the opportunity came up to become part of the group we could easily appreciate the potential we could offer to our people, our clients, our business partners and to Telstra," Bridge Point managing director Rob Siganto said in a statement.

"We have watched and worked closely with Telstra in their move into ICT services through their NAS group and we were keen to become part of it."

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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