IT integrator, PKBA, has snagged a unified communications (UC) contract with ICT service provider, CouncilBiz, a wholly-owned subsidiary of eight primary Northern Territory (NT) Councils.
Under the deal, PKBA will install Microsoft’s UC hardware, software and supporting equipment to 30 remote locations. The collaboration deal stems from the integrator’s previous relationships with different councils in the territory.
“CouncilBiz is a fairly new organisation,” PKBA business development director, Conrad Hilder, said. “There used to be 60 community councils that amalgamated to 12 and they are now all spread across vast distances.
“The councils are truly dispersed and absolutely in the middle of nowhere. To merge and be able to operate, they had a specific issue with distance and the need to work with tight bandwidths of remote areas.”
Since existing infrastructure will be utilised, the rollout will only take several weeks to complete.
According to Hilder, the deal will boost PKBA’s credentials as focusing on, not just SME, but regional Australia as well.
In a statement, CouncilBiz general manager, Vicki Wright, attributed the decision to sign on PKBA to the integrator’s simplicity of deployment and integration of a one-vendor solution with its current infrastructure.
Hilder could not disclose the value of the contract.