Di Data doubles-up in ACT

Di Data doubles-up in ACT

Dimension Data has doubled up with two telephony deals in Canberra - one of which cuts off Telstra.

The technology integrator has won a $5.6 million, five-year contract to supply Cisco switching equipment for the ACT government’s new data network.

Dimension Data will also provide the ACT government with VoIP services in association with Cisco and TransACT under a $13.5 million, three-year telephony deal.

The new VoIP network will replace existing telephony services provided by Telstra.

The two contracts form part of the territory government’s establishment of a metropolitan area network (MAN) fibre network across the ACT. Work has already started on the switching contract, which will see Dimension Data supply, install and maintain the switching equipment for 14,000 switch ports and 100 routed VPN sites throughout the ACT region.

Dimension Data will also maintain the switching equipment for five years.

Private fibre links or routed broadband VPN WAN will be built by InTACT, a government insourced agency for technology services, and other partners.

InTACT has further outsourced this work to IBM division Logicalis.

The network is due for completion in September 2005.

Under the second $4.5 million telephony deal, Dimension Data will act as the prime sub-contractor to TransAct, providing VoIP solutions in conjunction with Cisco.

The outcome ends a relationship with Telstra, which has delivered voice services to ACT Government agencies for more than a decade.

The ACT Department of Treasury said the latter deal alone would save the ACT government $3.5 million a year on current voice services costs, once the system was implemented by the end of 2005.

However, Telstra and Optus won ACT government tenders for mobile services and internet services, according to a statement from InTACT general manager, Michael Vanderheide.

Dimension Data’s ACT state manager, Michael Gration, said two deals would be revolutionary for the territory in giving its government a converged platform.

Gration said the deals would help Dimension Data obtain more government work in other states. The state sector represented 90 per cent of its work in ACT, where the integrator has had a presence for 14 years.

Its long government service, coupled with low prices meant Dimension Data could win the deal on cost as well as risk/reliability, he said.

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