Optus harvests managed services contract from Dept of Agriculture

The Australian telco has picked up an AU$29 million outsourced telecommunications contract with the federal agency.

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has signed up with Optus Business to provide internet-based network services for an initial four-year term in a contract worth AU$29 million.

The new contract replaces five previous contracts that the agency had to cover the same services.

"We are delighted to have secured this contract agreement with DAFF, and we consider it a testament to our managed services capability and portfolio," Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis said in a statement.

Optus has had a tough run of late, with the telco's network suffering from a number of recent outages.

Overall, the company reported an increase in underlying net profit, despite a drop in revenues of 5.3 percent over the past 12 months. Over the same period, the company saw the number of mobile customers drop to 9.592 million in March from 9.533 million at the end of June the previous year.

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