Auckland Supercity mobile phone contract announced

One unitary contract for mobile telephony and data to be awarded

The new Auckland Supercity is to get a single contract for mobile telecommunications and data services, replacing the separate contracts held by the eight councils that will be rolled into the Supercity.

The Auckland Transition Agency (ATA), the body set up to merge the existing councils into the Supercity, has released an RFP (request for proposal) for the new unitary contract.

The RFP notes that that the ATA is seeking to “review the management processes for all mobile equipment”, “rationalise the mobile telephone and mobile broadband models that are in use across the existing councils”, “reduce the costs for handset and mobile broadband services”, and “reduce the cost of providing the Blackberry business solution and associated Blackberry devices”.

Also among the requirements is to “Simplify the billing management into a single consolidated view of all mobile costs for all devices across the region”.

The closing date for supplier responses is August 6, and negotiations with the preferred supplier are to begin on August 25.

The mobile telephony and data contract is one of the last ICT contracts to be tendered by the ATA; most have already been signed, with SAP being awarded much of the business applications component of the new council’s ICT.

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