The New South Wales state government met
with telcos this week as it moved closer to deciding which ones will
benefit from its massive AU$260 million annual telecommunications
spend for the next few years.
A spokesperson for the NSW Department of Commerce confirmed
the Tuesday meeting via telephone to ZDNet Australia late
The briefing held in Sydney is a likely precursor to the state
formally putting its whole of government telecommunications
business on the market through a series of panel contracts.
Following the contracts being awarded, individual agencies would then request services from telcos
sitting on those panels.
The meeting this week followed a call put out by the state in
April for expressions of interest in providing services.
"All major industry players" responded to that call, according
to a statement put out by NSW Commerce Minister John Della Bosca
In general, the NSW government is trying to reduce its annual
spend on telecommunications, as well as other ICT services, through the consolidation of
This week's meeting also came as the state went to market on
Tuesday for its whole of government desktop, notebook and small
server purchasing needs for at least the next three years.