Finance sets up another telco panel

Whole-of-government approach continues with telecommunications lifecycle management services (TLMS) panel to be set up

The Department of Finance and Deregulation is looking to set up a panel of telecommunications lifecycle management services (TLMS) providers as part of its ongoing whole-of-government procurement strategy.

The panel will constitute an indeterminate number of service providers, including system integrators and telecommunication providers, who will be offered an initial term of three years extendable for a further two periods of one year each.

The panel is expected to be set up by end of the year but as the Federal Election caretaker conventions are in place, Finance may cease the arrangement should the winning government make a significant policy change.

The scope of the panel covers services in the following areas: Consolidated Telecommunications help desk support services; service level management; telecommunications billing and inventory management; contract management activities; and operations.

Supply of equipment and carriage services are not part of the panel’s scope.

In May, Finance said it would also launch a panel for Telecommunications Operational Management Services (TOMS).

That panel was divided into two Service Groups – Multi-sourced integration and management and TOMS Applications.

The multi-sourced integration and management services covers a number of service categories including requirements analysis, design and specification of telecommunication services, and consolidated help desk support services.

Consolidated service level management; and consolidated telecommunications billing management are also included.

The TOMS Applications, focused on the provision of telecommunications and converged telecommunication/IT services, include VoIP, video, unified messaging and outbound messaging services.

The announcement is the latest in a multitude of panels Finance has released in recent months as part of its whole-of-government procurement strategy.

These include Panels for data centres, mobile phones and related services, an Internet-based networking connections panel, desktops and a Microsoft volume licensing sourcing arrangement.

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