Clear bumps up relationship with Unisys

Clear Communications is to outsource its IT operations - but not the infrastructure and operations of its ISP services and online products - to Unisys in a five-year, $50 million deal.

Clear Communications is to outsource its IT operations to Unisys in a five-year, $50 million deal.

The new contract, announced yesterday, builds on an earlier agreement to partner in delivering Unisys ASP Services through Clear's fibre optic network.

Under the contract, Clear will retain infrastructure and operations associated with its ISP services and online products.

Unisys will design and build infrastructure services and support existing mainframe, server, local and wide area network and desktop operations for Clear' corporate IT systems. Unisys will acquire the relevant hardware and about 40 Clear staff have been offered new jobs with Unisys.

The way in which such outsourcing deals have become a matter of strategy for carriers was demonstrated with the 10-year, $1.5 billion agreement last July between Telecom and EDS and Microsoft.

Clear IT director Graham Walmsley says the contract "builds on our existing relationship with Unisys - that of a strategic communications partner to speed delivery of Unisys ASP services."

The two companies agreed in June Unisys would promote Clear's broadband service as its preferred platform, and that would identify opportunities where it could sell the Unisys ASP program to its customers.

Marcel van den Assum, Unisys manager for Global Outsourcing, New Zealand says his company is "thrilled that our partnership with CLEAR has deepened in this way. Clear's evaluation process was rigorous, and together we've reached a result that will focus on increasing value within Clear."

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