Tax, housing agencies seek telecomms

Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Housing are simultaneously in the market with large telecommunications contracts.

Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Housing are simultaneously in the market with large telecommunications contracts.

In IRD's case, a call for expressions of interest in providing telecomms services to the department will be followed by a formal tender in December.

A proposals request to be released in December will offer a three-year contract with a two-year renewable option, says IT national manager Tony Lester.

The department's telecommunications are currently provided by Telecom. The annual budget is approximately $12 million, Lester says.

The telecomms review is aligned with Inland Revenue's latest technology strategy, a plan that was embarked upon in December. Other aspects of the strategy include developing sub-systems to integrate with its core FIRST (Future Inland Revenue Systems Technology) processing system.

The housing ministry, meanwhile, is seeking tenders for a multi-service data network.

Requirements include the design, supply, installation and support of a voice network and call centre management system for the department's tenancy services division. Housing also needs the same services for a nationwide private office data network, and integration of the two infrastructures.

Tenders close on November 14.

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