Getronics, RentWorks win $30m uni contract

Curtin University in Western Australia has selected Getronics and RentWorks for a $30 million outsourcing and leasing agreement.

The university is implementing a new network based on fibre-optic connections and high-grade unshielded twisted-pair copper cabling.

Under the contract, Getronics will work with prime contractor RentWorks to deliver a new desktop and notebook fleet, provide design, integration and installation services, manage the university's WAN and LAN, and provide ongoing support and maintenance.

David Johnson, Getronics' director of managed services, said Getronics and RentWorks were awarded the contract following an extensive tender process lasting six to eight months. He would not reveal which companies Getronics competed with.

"An important element in winning the tender was the impressive local profile of RentWorks and its partners, including the broad ICT support capabilities offered by Getronics, particularly in the area of desktop and network management," said Dr Ian Fairnie, Curtin University's director, external and community relations.

According to Johnson, work began on the project around three months ago and Getronics established an on-site presence at Curtin last year.

This is the first time RentWorks and Getronics have partnered on a contract. Future collaborative work is planned, he said. "We've realised it's advantageous for us to work together, especially in WA."

Johnson also said it is the most significant contract Getronics has undertaken with Curtin University. "We've had a small relationship in the past." The tertiary education market is a strong market for Getronics, but not one of its biggest revenue generators, he added.

The deal is effective immediately, with the option of an extension to five years, renewable annually after the first three years.

Acer and Apple Computer will supply the notebook and desktop infrastructure.

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