After seeking to consolidate its telecommunications services, Sydney Water has awarded Optus a four-year contract to provide managed telecommunications services for the entire organisation in a deal worth almost $30 million.
Prior to going to tender in August last year, Sydney Water had 16 telecommunications services running under seven different contracts with five different providers. At the time, Sydney Water indicated that the reason behind seeking to consolidate telco services was to ensure that all contracts were both efficient and cost effective for the utility.
Under the outsourcing deal secured by Optus, the telco will be responsible for providing mobile services to 2100 users and fixed connectivity to 67 locations over Optus' Evolve network, as well as management of the utility's wireless and fixed networks, hardware maintenance and onsite management.
Optus has partnered with Dimension Data to provide some support for the service.
Optus Business managing director Rob Parcell welcomed the new arrangement with Sydney Water.
"Our appointment by Sydney Water adds to our strong track record of providing outsourced and managed telecommunications services to enterprise and government. This is a strategic partnership that leverages our Optus Evolve and mobile networks to help Sydney Water deliver operational efficiencies," he said in a statement.