The Northern Territory Government has revealed upcoming approaches to market for a number of expiring whole-of-government hardware and telecommunications contracts.
Senior Director Commercial and Business Services at the NT Department of Corporate and Information Services Chris Hosking has confirmed plans to refresh soon-to-expire contracts through “open tender processes”.
Purchasing arrangements that will reach final expiration in December 2013 are for:
- Photocopiers and Multifunction Devices;
- Data Carriage Services; and
- Voice Carrier Services.
The panel for Photocopiers and Multifunction Devices was established in December 2009 for an initial term of two years, and has now exercised all its extension options. Current suppliers are CSG Print Services and Darwin Office Technology.
The whole-of-NT-Government contract for Data Carriage Services with Telstra is also approaching final expiration in December. Operating since September 2010, the contract covers services relating to the Government’s Wide Area Network.
Under a separate contract for identical services, Amcom is still eligible to supply data carriage services to the NT Government until May 2015, with an option to extend for one year beyond that.
The NT Government’s contract with Telstra for Voice Carrier Services is also due to expire in December. The three-year arrangement covers fixed phone lines, including PABX, PTSN, ISDN and ADSL), mobile services, and satellite phone services.
Identical deals with Optus and Pivotel for Voice Carrier Services will also reach their initial expiration in December 2013, but may be extended for a further two years.
The NT Government has already approached the market for a refresh of its Hardware Supply contracts for ICT equipment including desktop computers, laptops, printers, servers, routers and switches, which will reach final expiration in September 2013.
“The hardware supply contract due to expire in September has been put to market and tenders are currently being evaluated,” said Hosking.
According to tender documents issued in April 2013, around 4,000 desktops, monitors and laptops, 1,000 Network devices, 300 printers and 100 server units are expected to be procured through the mandatory contract each year.
The suite of hardware products has been split into six individual service packages. Currently, Dell is eligible to supply desktops, laptops and server hardware, Fujitsu is eligible to supply server hardware, and NEC (previously CSG) is eligible to provide printers, network equipment and servers.
Contracts with all three vendors were signed in 2010 for one year, with extension options for a further two years.
NEC has proved to be an enduring supplier in the Northern Territory, currently holding whole-of-government contracts for:
- Network Management;
- Desktop and Server Management; and
- Voice Network Management.
According to a recent media release the Network Management contract, which has been extended to May 2014, will see NEC continue to manage the Territory’s Wide Area Network, Local Area Network and mail and web front-end systems. The Voice Network Management contracts cover a Territory-wide IP telephony network, and the Desktop and Server Management deal includes support for 16,000 desktops and 400 servers.
Earlier this year the Government signed a new three-year arrangement with Corporate Express for Microsoft Licensing.
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