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Optus is ATO’s preferred supplier for MNS bundle

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The Australian Tax Office is in the final stages of contract negotiations for Optus to provide it with managed network services (MNS).

The MNS bundle includes the provision of data and voice carriage services, telephony services, wide area network and local area network services, video conferencing services, and call centre infrastructure and services.

The Tax Office currently spends approximately $60.5 million a year on these services, according to a statement it released today.

The contract is a major win for Optus whose contract wins with the ATO in the financial year 2008-09 totaled just over half a million dollars, according to Intermedium’s research.

Intermedium’s data also indicates that as the long term incumbent at the ATO, Telstra’s total value of contracts was $128.9m for the six years 2003-04 to 2008-09. It is unclear whether these contracts covered both voice and data.

Second Commissioner David Butler said more information on the contract would be available once final negotiations have concluded.

“We expect to complete our contract negotiations in the coming weeks and will provide more information on the contract after that point,” Mr Butler said in the ATO statement.

Although Optus has proceeded to the final stages of negotiation, the ATO maintains the right to put any or all of the current MNS shortlist back into the procurement process.

The other shortlisted companies in the process were Dimension Data, Computer Sciences Corporation and Telstra, with Dimension Data and Optus selected to enter into contract negotiations last December.

The ATO intends to release the Request for Tender for Centralised Computing in July 2009, with the contract to be taken out by mid-2010. As a result of the earlier EOI process, the shortlisted suppliers are EDS, CSC, IBM and Lockheed Martin.

The procurement process for desktop services is ahead of the centralised computing process, with the RFT closed. The suppliers under consideration are CSC, KAZ (now Fujitsu), Lockheed Martin, Unisys and EDS.

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