NEC has won a three-year $69.8 million contract to manage, maintain and support the central and local data networks of all South Australian Government agencies.
This contract replaces the previous arrangement with South African firm Dimension Data, which expired on September 30.
Acting Minister for the Public Sector, Martin Hamilton-Smith, said the agreement underpins the broader objective of the state government’s strategy to deliver better ICT outcomes for all South Australians.
The services would be delivered from NEC’s recently established control centre in Adelaide.
Hamilton-Smith emphasised that jobs would be staying in the state.
The contract covers maintenance, management and support of physical and virtual networking devices. These include routers, switches and firewalls that comprise the state’s data networks.
NEC Australia SA state manager, Chris Korte, said the Japanese firm was able to demonstrate that it could provide an efficient network and IT management service.
“Our commitment to delivering continual innovation, reliability and the highest levels of service will ensure the government has a valuable partner from day one,” Korte said.
The arrangements come into effect in the third quarter of this year with an option to extend for two additional three-year periods.