NEC Australia has been appointed by the NSW Telco Authority as a key supplier in the state's Critical Communications Enhancement Program (CCEP).
As part of the program, NEC Australia has been awarded a three-year standing offer to supply, under the ITS 2573 Operational Telecommunications Equipment, Infrastructure and Services Prequalification Scheme (ITS scheme), wireless backhaul technology, professional services, network management systems and ongoing support.
The CCEP program, which the NSW Government's 2016/17 budget allocated $63 million to in its first year, strives to provide improved coverage and service to all NSW Government essential services agencies.
According to NEC Australia, it is one of a number of preferred suppliers that will carry out work for CCEP under the ITS scheme.
The program constitutes registered suppliers, those that supply low risk contracts valued up to $150,000 each; and prequalified suppliers, those that supply high risk contracts or contracts valued above $150,000 each.
Some of the prequalified suppliers signed on last year include Eaton Industries, Complete Power Solutions, Fujitsu Australia, Eltek Australia, and Speedcast Australia. Registered suppliers contracted last year include Catalyst ONE, Amalgamotion, and Electronic Asset Protection Group.
The first phase of NEC Australia’s contribution is part of the CCEP Pilot Project covering 25 sites in NSW’s North West region, and using NEC’s iPASOLINK VRultra-compact microwave communications system and [UNMS] network management system, to facilitate the interconnectivity of sites.
NEC Australia’s agreement also includes 24x7 help-desk support and advanced logistics services from its Australian technical service centres.
NEC Australia director of sales and solutions, Andy Hurt, said the move marks NEC Australia’s commitment to NEC’s global ambition in creating social value through technologies that support “safer, sustainable and prosperous societies”.
"The agreement with the NSW Telco Authority under the ITS 2573 scheme is another example of NEC’s leadership and expertise to provide mission critical wireless solutions, that will enable the NSW Government to build a secure and resilient critical communication infrastructure for incident first responders," Hurt said.
"At NEC, we believe technology plays a key role in enhancing public safety, and we are proud to be part of the ongoing initiatives to provide first responders improved and more cost effective communication, and consequently situational awareness,” he added.
The deal comes just weeks after NEC was named among a host of suppliers to receive fresh contracts from the Victorian government under its new Telecommunications Purchasing and Management Strategy (TPAMS2025), along with Vocus, MyNetFone, Mitel, R-Group, Optus and Telstra.
The new TPAMS2025 State Purchase Contracts, worth $126 million annually, replace the state’s previous telecommunications buying scheme.
NEC has also recently found favour with the Western Australian government, with the company claiming a portion of the contract haul handed out in the state's $3 billion GovNext-ICT technology overhaul, along with Datacom and Atos.