Macquarie inks Queensland Commerce deal

Commerce Queensland has slashed its carrier costs by as much as 25 percent by outsourcing to Macquarie Telecom.

The deal covers a range of convergent solutions including local, long distance and international telephony, Internet, mobile and an IP virtual private network.

Joe Barnewall, CEO of Commerce Queensland (previously the state's Chamber of Commerce and Industry), the project's goal was to lower total cost of ownership and improve billing processes.

"We wanted a flexible and innovative business partner rather than just another supplier," Barnewall said.

"Macquarie Telecom was willing to negotiate on terms and conditions where others weren't. It was also prepared to address both Commerce Queensland's needs and members' needs."

The companies have also formed a strategic partnership whereby Macquarie Telecom is the recommended provider of telecommunications services to Commerce Queensland's member base.

The organization's membership network represents Queensland companies of all sizes including both commercial and not-for-profit organizations such as Anglicare Central Queensland.

"Many of our members are small businesses that would not normally be able to realize such significant savings on their telecommunications and IP costs," Barnewall said.

"The partnership with Macquarie Telecom guarantees them a minimum 5 percent saving as well as access to services, such as consolidated billing, that help them better manage these costs."

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