​NEC inks AU$55m end-user computing deal with NT govt

NEC Australia has strengthened its position as the Northern Territory's go-to provider of IT services, inking an AU$55 million end-user computing contract with the top end's government.

NEC Australia has signed an AU$55 million multi-year end-user computing deal with the Northern Territory government, which will see it provide services for 20,000 users in government agencies across the region.

The deal, which is set for an initial three years with an additional two-year extension option, includes all government agencies in the territory, except for the public school network, for which NEC Australia already holds a separate contract.

In late 2013, the company signed an AU$34.5 million multi-year contract to provide IT services throughout the territory's schools, and within the Department of Education.

In June last year, the Japanese technology company also announced that it had extended three other NT government contracts: A network management contract, voice network management contract, and desktop and server support contract.

Under the terms of this latest agreement with the NT government, NEC Australia will provide the government with on-site and remote support for all desktops, laptops, mobile devices, file and print services, email services, desktop application management, and asset management.

To help it effectively carry out its growing territory-wide services, many of which see it fly technicians out to far-flung and remote regions, the company has partnered closely with a number of local providers in addition to long-term air-services partner Vertical Technology Group, including Red Centre Technology Partners, and Leading Edge Computers.

According to NEC Australia, approximately one third of the new contract's value will be transferred to its local partners, in addition to providing new employment opportunities for locals.

"Our integrated team of more than 220 employees in the Northern Territory makes NEC Australia the best positioned ICT services provider in Australia to help the NT government overcome its unique ICT challenges," said NEC Australia's manager for the Northern Territory, Trevor Oliver. "The NT government has the added assurance that all services delivered and all decisions are made locally."

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