Optus gets tender, dives south

Telstra arch-rival Cable & Wireless Optus has won a multimillion-dollar tender to supply mobile telephone services to the South Australian government.

According to a CWO statement issued to the Australian Stock Exchange yesterday afternoon, the contract will see CWO supplying and managing services for around 12,000 South Australian government-operated mobile phones for 18 months, with options to continue the contract for a further two years.

If extended for the full three-and-a-half years, the contract will be worth around $18 million to CWO, the statement read.

In addition to mobile telephony services, CWO will provide SA government departments with web-based billing and reporting services, the statement read.

About 160 SA government agencies will be serviced by the contract, the statement read.

CWO currently has telephony services contracts in place with the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian governments.

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