Defence inks $30 million deal for ICT infrastructure refresh

Includes network upgrades

The Department of Defence has inked a $30 million deal with Boeing Australia and Communication Design Management (CDM) to design and integrate ICT infrastructure at sites across Australia.

Acting defence CIO, Peter Lambert, said the department has signed a standing offer with a potential value of $30 million for Boeing and CDM to work with defence-preferred hardware vendors to deliver network additions and upgrades.

The tender process for design and integration services commenced in January, 2007.

Lambert said the standing offer is for three years with options for two extensions of two years.

"The standing offer will provide fixed price design and integration services to refresh Defence's information technology infrastructure and meet Defence demand for network expansion at sites across the nation," he said.

"The arrangement consolidates several smaller contracts that had been previously providing some of these services."

Lambert said the new standing offer arrangements will significantly increase the CIO Group's capacity to deliver network infrastructure to Defence.

"This is a significant step forward in enabling CIO Group, and Information Systems Division in particular, to satisfy defence customer demand," he said.

"Over the next six months I expect to see delivery of new infrastructure to move well above the 2006 figures of 10 to 15 percent of demand, mentioned in the Proust Review report."

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