BREAKING NEWS: Telecom teams up with EDS and Microsoft

Telecom has awarded its information systems outsourcing contract to EDS and Microsoft. The 10 year, $1.5 billion agreement covers all of Telecom's IS services and online solutions. What Telecom is calling the largest outsourcing deal in New Zealand history will also be accompanied by an agreement to work together with Microsoft to develop and deliver online solutions to Telecom customers.

Telecom has awarded its information systems outsourcing contract to EDS and Microsoft. The 10 year, $1.5 billion agreement covers all of Telecom's IS services and online solutions.

What Telecom is calling the largest outsourcing deal in New Zealand history will also be accompanied by an agreement to work together with Microsoft to develop and deliver online solutions to Telecom customers.

Telecom will take a 10% stake in EDS New Zealand "to give a strong underpinning to the partnership," says Telecom chief executive Rod Deane, and has the option of lifting its stake to 49%. The purchase is still under due diligence but is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Telecom also has the right to appoint two EDS New Zealand executives.

The alliance will have a major impact on EDS New Zealand, says managing director Steve Smith. Telecomís 600 IS staff will all be offered jobs, he says.

Deane said the choice of partner was difficult and Telecom recognised the substantial resources both EDS and IBM had put into their bids.

In a statement released this morning Microsoft New Zealand Managing Director, Geoff Lawrie, said his company was "very excited about this alliance as it will expedite the convergence of PC and telecommunications technologies for New Zealanders. With the expertise Microsoft has in online technology and the strength of our commitment to R&D, this agreement with Telecom and EDS will help create an environment that fosters the growth of advanced technology in our country."

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