KAZ gazumps IBM at Telstra venture

KAZ has pulled the rug out from under IBM Global Services Australia by winning a four year outsourcing contract with satellite communications company Station 12 BV, which is a joint venture between Telstra and the Royal Dutch Telecom (KPN). Station 12 specialises in international communications in the maritime, land mobile, and broadband markets, and the deal covers the outsourcing of four Hewlett-Packard Unix boxes, which support management of critical customer service applications and maritime billing and accounting systems.

KAZ will also provide project management services to help Station 12 manage an overhaul of its WAN, LAN, desktop and laptop systems, a KAZ spokesman explained.

The contract is especially prestigious to KAZ because Station 12 formerly outsourced the Hewlett-Packard equipment through a joint venture with IBM, which is also in close cahoots with Telstra. "The decision to outsource the management of these platforms to KAZ was taken because of the company's individual and tailored approach to S12's requirements and the cost savings KAZ could provide," the spokesman boasted. "It is significant to KAZ in terms of further broadening its client base in the Unix marketplace."

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