Optus today detailed the mobile and satellite services contracts it had secured with the Northern Territory Government as part of the whole-of-government ICT services tender released last year.
The NT Government revealed last week that it had dished out around $130 million worth of contracts following its whole-of-government ICT services tender, which closed in September last year. Included in the contracts were the mobile and satellite services awarded to Optus at a value of up to $3 million.
According to Optus, the NT Government already uses more than 7000 mobile phones and 600 satellite phones. Under the three-year agreement it had signed with the NT Government, agencies would be able to procure Optus mobiles for voice and broadband uses, as well as use Optus' Thuraya mobile satellite services for remote areas of the Territory.
"Combining Thuraya satellite services with our 3G dual-band mobile network will allow NT government agencies to mobilise their workforce while staff working and living in remote areas can stay connected," Optus' director of northern region sales Mark Williamson said in a statement. "In the last financial year, Optus added 600 mobile sites across Australia, activating new sites in areas such as Lambells Lagoon, Humpty Doo south and Malak."
Last week the Australian Communications and Media Authority announced that Optus had secured licences to extend its 3G coverage in 972 rural and regional sites around Australia.