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SingTel’s Optus wins A$186.5m deal

SINGTEL’S wholly owned Australian unit Optus was yesterday awarded a managed network services contract by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) worth A$186.5 million (S$218 million) over four years.

The contract, which is Optus’ largest contract win to date in the federal government sector, was awarded following a competitive tender.

‘Optus has a long history of working with federal government agencies, such as Medicare Australia and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, on the implementation and management of large-scale IP-based networks and systems,’ said John Simon, managing director of Optus Enterprise and Business Group.

‘The awarding of this contract confirms confidence in our ability to deliver value, innovation and superior service to major government agencies as well as our vast experience in the deployment of IP (intellectual property) technologies. It marks a major milestone for Optus in the federal government sector and follows hot on the heels of our recent win with ANZ Bank.’

The contract will see Optus providing managed network services, which will include data and voice carriage, telephony and video conferencing.

It will also implement and manage a new application-aware IP network for more than 70 ATO offices on the Optus Evolve network that will deliver services to more than 23,000 ATO employees nationwide.

‘The financial impact of this contract is not material to the SingTel group,’ said a SingTel spokesman.

For the group’s financial year ended March 31, it posted an operating revenue of $14.9 billion.

As at SingTel’s fourth quarter ended March 31, Optus accounted for 29 per cent of group Ebitda. Optus’ net profit for the quarter rose 17 per cent to A$193 million, but was dampened by a weaker Australian dollar.

SingTel’s counter closed 12 cents higher at $3.02 yesterday.

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