Optus signs $29m contract with Department of Agriculture

Telco will provide Internet-based network connections

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has struck a four year, $29 million contract with Optus for outsourced telecommunications services.

The telco will be providing Internet-based network connections as part of the agreement.

DAFF was previously using five contracts from different service providers. This deal consolidates services into one supply arrangement.

According to Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis, the contract was “a testament” to its managed services capability.

In October 2012, DAFF announced that it had negotiated a five-year deal with Macquarie Telecom under the Australian government’s Lead Agency Gateway program.

The program, which covers all government agencies managed by the Financial Management and Accountability Act of 1997, has a goal of reducing the number of Internet gateways used by agencies from 124 down to eight. This is intended to reduce the risk of cyber attacks against government bodies.

Optus has been contacted for further information by Computerworld Australia

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