Amcom inks AU$6.5m data deal with NT government

Australian telecommunications player Amcom will provide data network services to an additional 141 sites across the Northern Territory after signing an AU$6.5 million deal with the NT government.

A deal with the Northern Territory government worth AU$6.5 million will see Australian telecommunications provider Amcom supply data network services to an additional 141 sites across the country's top end.

Amcom expects to use a combination of its existing fibre infrastructure and third-party networks to service the new sites. The new data network services are staged to roll out from the second quarter of the 2015 financial year.

The deal expands upon the AU$20 million five-year contract that Amcom signed with the NT government in 2010 to provide telecommunications services to government agencies and schools.

"We are delighted to further extend our commercial relationship with the NTG as Amcom continues to bring competitive telecommunications offerings including data networks, telephony, and unified communications into the NT market," said Amcom CEO Clive Stein. "The ability to offer services to even the most remote areas of Australia demonstrates our flexibility and capability to provide services for our customers anywhere in Australia."

In addition to providing new sites with data network services, Amcom has also been chosen as a preferred supplier on the NT government's Fixed Voice Services panel, which will enable territory government agencies to connect directly to Amcom's IP voice platforms.

The deal comes as Amcom Telecommunications agrees to conduct mutual due diligence with Vocus Communications, following discussions about a takeover proposal put forward by Vocus.

A merger between the two would create the third-largest provider of corporate and office telecommunications in Australia, after Telstra and Optus.

Earlier this month, rival telecommunications giant TPG took an almost 6 percent stake in Amcom, claiming at the time that it was nothing more than a "strategic investment".

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