NSW Parliament has outsourced its data network management to AAPT under a three-year contract.
The value of the deal was not disclosed but AAPT will deploy and manage a frame relay-based Virtual Private Network (VPN) for the parliament to improve security, reliability and cost effectiveness.
Data communications costs are expected to fall by 25 per cent under the deal and AAPT's remote access service DialPoint will be used by Members of Parliament (MPs) and staff for a remote connection to the parliamentary network.
Additional savings are expected as MPs from electorate and country-based offices in more than 100 locations dial a local point of presence (POP) rather than the parliament.
Parliamentary speaker John Murray said outsourcing was necessary because of difficulties in reaching remote areas and to stem the ageing of current network hardware.
Murray said the IT section will focus on the delivery of business applications, with the outsourcing provider detecting non-active lines, network planning, consultancy and usage analysis. AAPT also built VicOne for the Victorian Government, covering 3500 sites for more than 700,000 daily users.
Murray said parliament will receive monthly network performance reports and invoices will be itemised to gain accurate usage statistics for MPs, and to streamline account auditing procedures.
"It will also allow projection of accurate bandwidth for the deployment of future applications," he said.