South Island power generator Meridian Energy has received “very strong” interest in a RFI (request for information) for supply of its telecommunications services, spokesman Alan Seay says. “We’ve had inquiries both from Australia and New Zealand.”
Meridian issued the RFI, which closes today, because it wanted to unify its voice, data, network and telemetry services, presently supplied by “a whole range” of providers, Seay says. “That doesn’t necessarily mean one provider, but a supplier could provide one service and manage others.”
The services will link Meridian’s Christchurch, Wellington, Twizel, Waitaki Valley and Manapouri sites.
Montana Wines also put out a request for tenders for its telecommunications, presently provided by TelstraClear and Vodafone. The company received “quite a lot of responses”, corporate services manager Arthur Keane says.
While interest in the RFP (request for proposal) was high, “only about 10% of the responses, or three in total, resulted in formal tenders”. The new contract will be in place by July, he says.
Meanwhile, the North Shore District Council has re-appointed Telecom as its mobile voice and data provider. “It was more or less a two-horse race,” council customer relationship manager Terry Williams says.
Williams, who describes the three short-listed parties as “the usual suspects”, says it’s three years since the council last put its mobile voice and data services out for tender.
“Three years ago we were thinking ‘in three years’ time it’ll be a highly competitive market but that hasn’t happened, except between the main players.”