Four telecommunications providers have been added to the Australian Government Telecommunications Arrangements (AGTA) head agreement, as of 3 June 2011.
The companies are:
- Fujitsu Australia Limited
- Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Limited
- mbits Pty Limited
- TC Communications Pty Limited
The AGTA is managed by the Department of Finance and Deregulation on behalf of the Federal Government, and companies must be signatories before they are permitted to supply telecommunications carriage services to FMA Act and selected CAC Act agencies. It is also preferred that suppliers of other telecommunications-related goods and services are signatories to the agreement.
While the AGTA is not a panel arrangement in the strictest sense of the term, pricing commitments do apply to vendors on the list.
“Under Schedule 5 of AGTA vendors provide service descriptions and pricing and undertake to provide the services as described for the pricing provided under standard terms and conditions,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Finance and Deregulation.
Fujitsu would have been under pressure to become a signatory to the head agreement as one of four providers shortlisted to become the primary terrestrial communications supplier to Defence, as part of the JP 2047 sourcing program.
The other shortlisted tenderers, Dimension Data, Telstra and Optus, were already signatories.
In contradistinction to this new placement, in April 2011 Fujitsu was removed from the NSW Telecommunications Systems and Services Government Telecommunications Agreement (GTA 5). It was one of 19 suppliers cut.
Finance has informed Intermedium that Vodafone was reinstated on the AGTA supplier list following its accidental deletion during the process of updating the AGTA webpage.
TC Communications is an active supplier to Defence and the Australian Federal Police, totalling 48 contracts worth over $6 million into the Federal Government since 1 July 2009. The company’s addition to the AGTA head agreement may signal its interest to move beyond telecommunications services and equipment activity into carriage services.
The addition of Australian managed services provider mbits to the list may also open up telecommunications opportunities to the company, which has mainly signed hardware and software related contracts with the Federal Government in the past.
Intermedium’s Analyse IT contract database shows mbits having signed three contracts with federal agencies since 1 July 2009, at a total value of $126,242.
The AGTA scheme, formerly known as Whole-of-Government Telecommunications Arrangements (WoGTA), has been in place in 1997.
There are currently 44 signatories to the head agreement, which is designed to leverage government buying power in order to reduce costs, to seek access to new and innovative telecommunications services and streamline procurement processes.