Managed service provider and telco reseller Macquarie Corporate has taken out the Government Group 5 Data Carriage Services outsourcing tender, among fierce competition.
The highly sought-after contract covers five Federal departments and marks a significant strategic win for Macquarie's Government Business Unit formed last year, according to David Tudehope, Macquarie Corporate Telecommunications' chief executive.
Since initiating a strategy of outsourcing IT management and infrastructure in 1997, Commonwealth Government departments with similar needs are sorted into nine groups known as clusters. The contract for Group 5 is one of the more highly contested ones.
Tudehope said the deal is an early victory for the new team, created to market Macquarie to the government sector.
"The unit was established as part of a growth strategy to leverage Macquarie's strengths in servicing the needs of its 1600 corporate customers into new markets," said Tudehope.
Other elements in the initiative include the introduction of a wide range of data services for corporate and government customers, as well establishing an office in Singapore to service Macquarie's Asian customers.
"Corporate and government organisations are looking to remove the complexities of data carriage and IT&T infrastructure and require a complete 24 x 7 solution," Tudehope said.
"Through our $30 million Macquarie Intellicentre and our carrier-grade national ATM data network, we give them a range of tools to better manage their data and guarantee service levels."