Optus wins $115m deal with Immigration & Border Protection

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Optus wins $115m deal with Immigration & Border Protection
Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis

Optus Business has announced a $115 million telecommunications and managed IT services contract with the newly merged Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

The deal is an expansion of a previous contract Optus held with the Department to include the newly-integrated Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, according to an Optus spokesperson. Last year Optus won a $52 million-dollar contract renewal with the Department.

Optus Business will support nearly 15,000 IP handsets, more than 1,000 Wireless Access Points and nearly 1,000 LAN switches, CCTV and radio.

The carrier will also provide design and implementation support for telecommunications infrastructure, data centres, telephony platforms and other ICT needs. Optus Business will also supply more than 200 sites with mobile data, satellite and via its MPLS network.

Telstra has been a major supplier to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, winning a $56 million-dollar, five-year deal in 2013 to upgrade its telecommunication infrastructure and secure new networks and phone systems.

At the time Telstra described its role as the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service's "major provider of telecommunications" and major vendor for end-to-end telecommunications infrastructure.

The Telstra deal included unified communications and video conferencing to around 5,700 staff, contact centre services, mobile voice and data, satellite and point to point services. 

Optus has also held several contracts since 2010 with the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, though several of these were worth less than $100,000 each.

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