$63m boost for ICT contractors

15/10/2018 - 15:21

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SPECIAL REPORT: Four state government contracts have delivered extra work for six information and communications technology contractors in Perth.

Data#3 will develop a new data communications network for the Forrestfield Airport Link rail line.

SPECIAL REPORT: Four state government contracts have delivered extra work for six information and communications technology contractors in Perth.

The Department of Transport has awarded a $53 million ICT contract to a panel comprising local firms E-Prim and KDR Technology Solutions, and global player CA Technologies.

The contract covers the known and forecast IT project work for the department over the next five years.

The three successful bidders were among four firms originally selected in May, when the department established its new ICT panel.

The fourth panel member was Modis Consulting.

The department said the panel members would support the full lifecycle of software development and infrastructure deployment across its operations, including its TRELIS licensing information system.

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The new contract marks a continuation for E-Prim, which was on the department’s previous ICT panel.

The transport contract is by far the largest of several ICT contracts recently awarded by state government agencies.

Data#3 was awarded a $3.1 million contract earlier this month by the Public Transport Authority of WA.

The Brisbane-based company will develop a new data communications network for the Forrestfield Airport Link rail line, which is under construction.

The internet protocol backbone network will integrate with the wider PTA network and include Cisco switching infrastructure and Check Point Security appliances.

NEC Australia was awarded a $2.2 million contract last month by the Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety.

The contract includes provision of network links and routers for a transitional gateway service.

The department said the transitional service would be used while it developed a permanent service that was fully compliant with the state government’s GovNext ICT program.

Another contract awarded last month went to Datacom, to provide maintenance services for the Department of Education’s core Cisco network equipment – currently about 2,000 items.

The $4.5 million contract was part of the state government’s GovNext program.

Submissions for this contract were also received by NEC Australia and Atos, which are also part of the GovNext program.

The contract was previously held by Alphawest (now Optus) for a three-year period.

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