State Services will issue a request for proposal early in April to replace the Government Shared Network (GSN).
Vendors were briefed yesterday on plans for a syndicated telecommunications network.
Last month the government axed the GSN on the grounds that it was financially unsustainable. It had been losing $700,000 a month since becoming operational in September 2007.
Vendors who attended yesterday’s briefing say they were told the RFP would be issued around April 2, new contracts would be signed by June 30 and that the GSN would be totally decommissioned by November 30.
They say seven of 200 eligible government agencies have already signed memoranda of understanding related to the replacement project.