Telstra has been awarded a $1.1 billion contract to provide telecommunications services to the Defence Department.
The six-and-a-half-year contract will see Telstra implement unified communications, advanced video conferencing as well as tablet and smartphone usage to provide communications links to troops, commanders, bases and allies around the world.
“The agreement represents the largest customer undertaking in Telstra’s history and will support military operations at home and abroad,” Telstra chief executive David Thodey said in a statement.
“We will create 350 new positions to help serve the contract, including recruiting some of the nation’s leading IT, network and security experts.”
Defence’s Chief Information Officer Group will partner with Telstra to implement the network which has a targeted completion date of mid-2016.
“This partnership will deliver Defence with robust and secure information communications technology, while creating greater efficiencies and lower costs,” said Defence chief information officer Peter Lawrence.
“The project includes a major transformation program of work and the ongoing sustainment of Defence’s telecommunications environment.”
The Defence telecommunications network includes networks at 430 sites in Australia, supporting some 100,000 users in Australia and overseas. The project will improve network performance and aim to meet capability requirements to 2023.
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