The North Shore City Council’s mobile phone and data services contract is up for tender and the organisation says there have been about 30 expressions of interest to date.
Council customer relationship manager Terry Williams says the current cellular contract with Telecom is ending “and in the three years since it was entered into the technology has changed so much we decided to put out a blank page to get people’s ideas”.
Tenderers include “the main players you’d expect and some others that operate on the data side”, he says.
The tender is for the council’s mobile voice and data services and specifies applications from “cellular telecommunications carriers”, but also states “vendors should not be deterred from bidding should they not be able to meet all the requirements”.
A key requirement is the ability to bill the council over the internet, Williams says.
Tenders close on December 14.