Gen-i, Vodafone, and 2degrees have been appointed to the All-of-Government (AoG) mobile procurement panel as providers of mobile voice and data services to public sector agencies, the companies have announced.
In Gen-i's case the contract replaces an existing syndicated mobile agreement with the Department of Internal Affairs, which was first signed in 2005 and was due to expire next month.
The AoG Mobile panel is part of the Ministry of Economic Development’s AoG procurement programme, administered by the DIA, which is designed to supply the ICT requirements of 219 government agencies, 78 councils and 2500 schools in New Zealand.
Through the AoG programme the government says it will save $350 million from the seven contracts signed so far, including $60 million over five years for the mobile procurement programme.
“We are continuing to show the substantial negotiating power of government when procuring for all-of-government services. Mobile voice and data services are a significant cost for government so these new contacts are a great result,” says Steven Joyce, Economic Development Minister.
Gen-i says it was appointed to the All-of-Government mobile panel following a competitive tender that commenced in October 2011. The new agreement became effective on April 23 with a term of three years, with the option to extend for an additional two years.
Last year Gen-i was appointed to the All-of-Government laptop and desktop procurement panel for the supply of Lenovo computers, Phillips monitors and Apple products. Gen-i also provides leased laptops to primary and secondary schools across New Zealand, as part of a Ministry of Education contract with Telecom Rentals.