The Ministry of Education has found itself short of funds for upgrading its networking infrastructure and power security.
According to a request for proposal (RFP) issued last week for the equipment, the ministry originally intended to upgrade all its 44 district offices to a consistent standard. However, the RFP says, “budgetary limitations mean that the Ministry has had to limit the scope of its work for this phase”.
As a result, only 14 offices will be equipped to the standard originally envisaged, and the Ministry could not say last week when the others are likely be upgraded to the same level.
The equipment to be procured includes equipment racks, network cabling and uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs).
The first phase recipients of an upgrade will be Arrowtown, Christchurch, Dunedin, Gisborne, two offices in Hamilton, Kaikohe, Maungawhau, New Plymouth, Papakura, Rotorua, Taupo, Tokoroa and Whangarei.
Responses to the RFP are due by July 28 and the contract is scheduled to be awarded by August 15. The upgrade is expected to be completed by October 28.