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Govt cuts the ribbon on Telecommunications Marketplace

Positioned as "the go-to platform" for selling telco products and services to the government

The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) has opened up its whole-of-government telco procurement marketplace, starting with 26 suppliers.

Replacing the services provided through its Mobile and Telecommunications Services panels, the DTA's Telecommunications Marketplace allows for federal, state and local governments to buy digital products and services from suppliers.

As of its opening, the marketplace has 26 suppliers for a range of technologies and services, including:

  • Data carriage services 
  • Internet carriage services 
  • Fixed line voice carriage services 
  • Managed network services 
  • Unified communications services 
  • Managed voice services 
  • Dark fibre services 
  • Contact centre systems 
  • Enterprise mobility services 
  • Satellite services
  • Managed router services.

Lucy Poole, general manager of the sourcing and enabling division at the DTA, said the marketplace will be launched through the ICT Procurement Portal with functionality that aims to improve the buying and selling process.

She added that it will also be "the go-to platform for selling telecommunications to government".

The full list of the initial 26 suppliers on the marketplace are are:

  • ATOS Australia 
  • Australian Centre for Advanced Computing and Communication
  • Avaya Australia
  • Aztech Labs, trading as VoiceFoundry
  • Centorrino Technologies
  • Cirrus Correct Communications (ACT)
  • Converged Communication Network Applications
  • Datavoice Communications
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte)
  • Dialog
  • Ethan Group
  • Macquarie Telecom
  • My Net Fone Australia, trading as MNF Enterprise Services
  • Nexon Asia Pacific
  • NTT Com ICT Solutions (Australia)
  • Optus Networks
  • Outcomex
  • Pivotel Satellite
  • Rise IT, trading as Rise.CX
  • Satcom Direct Australia
  • Secure Agility
  • TasmaNet
  • Telstra
  • TPG Network
  • Unisys Australia
  • Vocus Group.

Additionally, more suppliers are planned to be added in the future.

The opening of the marketplace follows the DTA’s request for tender (RFT) in November 2019, which called for suppliers to apply to become sellers on the marketplace.

It was also at this time that the DTA estimated an early 2020 opening window for the marketplace.

However, this was prior to COVID-19, which has altered its plans. As a result, the agency delayed of a number of its approaches-to-market for IT procurement panel arrangements from April. 

While occurring prior to the delay announcement, its Cloud Services Panel update was held back, with a tender for its updated Cloud Marketplace panel delayed at the end of March and resumed in May.

Accompanying this particular RFT was the beta of a government-hosted Digital Tendering Platform to allow for tenders to be submitted.