Melbourne-based ISP, Pacific Internet, has won six months' exclusive access to a host of Victorian Government agencies under the state's new Internet Services - Business Award tender.
Other suppliers listed on the three-year, whole-of-government panel include EFTel, Optus and Netspace. Each has been authorised to sell high-speed Internet provisioning, as well as associated products and services such as email, virus and spam protection and Web content and email filtering.
More than 10 agencies are now required to buy from approved Internet Services suppliers, including the Department of Treasury and Finance, Department of Justice, Department of Human Services and the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development. It is also open to all government funded agencies across the state.
Pacific Internet general manager of development and technology, Phil Tsakaros, said it would be given a six-month head start before rival panellists could pursue any agency sales.
He said it was the first time the Victorian Government had issued a whole-of-government tender for Internet services. The tender was initially announced last June.
"It's all about them getting closer to their customers. We've been awarded the opportunity to speak first to these departments. Our tender was judged to be the most competitive and met their requirements," Tsakaros said.
He would not put an overall value on the deal, saying it was difficult to determine how many agencies would issue tenders and what services they would look to invest in.
Tsakaros claimed Pacific Internet had already secured several agency wins but would not disclose further details at this stage.
The ISP had government agency customers in Victoria and NSW, he said, but had not previously worked with any listed under the new panel.