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NBN Co inks deal with Telstra

NBN Co has revealed that its entire telecommunications services are provided by the very company which, depending on negotiations, could turn out to be its biggest competitor.
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Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer on

NBN Co has revealed that its entire telecommunications services are provided by the very company which, depending on negotiations, could turn out to be its biggest competitor.

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The rapidly growing National Broadband Network company's mobile, telecommunications and networking requirements are provided by Telstra, according to NBN Co spokesperson Jane Sullivan.

Last week NBN Co announced it had locked in its IT service providers under a three-year contract, which included IBM, Accenture and Oracle.

Telstra's contract with NBN Co is, however, less stable, and had been locked in merely as a start-up requirement, according to Sullivan.

"[The contract] will be reviewed as the company grows as part of good commercial processes," she said. As for which services were provided by Telstra, Sullivan said, "We have phones in our offices and mobiles — normal business services."

The real telecommunications contract will eventually be supplied by a vendor picked via a similar tender process to the IT contracts.

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