​Anittel wins AU$2m managed services contract with WA schools

Over the next two years, Anittel will deliver full-time managed services support to Kingsway Christian College, Mandurah Baptist College, and Peter Carnley Anglican Community School.

IT software and services provider Anittel has signed three two-year managed services contracts with schools in Western Australia.

Under the contracts -- which have a combined value of up to AU$2 million -- Anittel will provide Kingsway Christian College, Mandurah Baptist College, and Peter Carnley Anglican Community School with full-time support for desktops, notebooks, iPads, services, storage, networking, and wireless infrastructure.

The company will also provide professional learning programs for teachers, and hardware and software procurement services.

Anittel said it will provide its service using a combination of Cisco, Dell, and Apple hardware, and Microsoft and VMware software.

Anittel Western Australia regional manager Sam Meegahage said the services will support two major school initiatives: The adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) and the transition of schools to cloud computing.

"With the cost of purchasing technology shifting to parents, BYOD programs are considered an attractive, cost-effective solution for schools," he said.

"A number of schools are adopting BYOD. When it is done well, it can be empowering for both the students and the school. Student-owned devices encourage collaborative and self-directed learning, and offer more opportunities for learning to continue at home.

"It also allows schools to direct their resources to more strategic IT issues and explore cost-saving initiatives such as cloud technology."

According to Anittel, the additional contracts add to the company's growing number of education contracts in Western Australia, including with 45 private and independent schools.

Anittel was acquired by rival telecommunications and IT services provider Inabox at the end of last year for a combination of Inabox shares, AU$500,000 in cash, and AU$1.5 million in deferred cash, for a total value of AU$9.88 million.