A new agreement between New Zealand Post and Vodafone will lead to a complete redesign of former's network services.
Under the five year contract, Vodafone will provide a wide range of services to the New Zealand Post Group including network connectivity, voice services, Wi-Fi and video conferencing. It will also provide a comprehensive suite of security services.
The agreement follows a competitive tender process for the Network as a Service (NaaS) contract. The service will be rolled out between now and the end of next year.
“New Zealand Post was looking for flexibility, innovation and significant cost reductions as part of its five year business strategy,” said New Zealand Post CFO Mark Yeoman.
“We have entered a partnership with Vodafone because we believe that their approach to a service based model best fits the way that we need to operate in the future.”
“The current New Zealand Post IT network is complex and difficult to manage. New Zealand Post was looking for a way to improve efficiency, take advantage of current-day technology, reduce cost, and easily flex the network as its business changes.”
According to NZ Post, an initial request for information (RFI) in November 2012 showed that there was support in the country for delivering network services in a different way. The organisation then issued a request for proposal (RFP) for NaaS in June 2013.
The RFP asked for the complete redesign and roll out of a range of services including LAN, WAN, WiFi, telephone calls, video conferencing and security services.
“What made this RFP different was that these services were being requested as a service similar to cloud services,” said Yeoman. “This service based approach lets both parties concentrate on what they each do best. As far as we are aware, this will be one of the first such service arrangements in the Asia Pacific region.”
Russell Stanners, CEO of Vodafone New Zealand said, "Our team worked across different New Zealand Post business divisions, to understand their individual challenges and deliver innovative, flexible and sustainable solutions that meet their needs and deliver value across the company.”
“We will implement an innovative service-based model focusing on business outcomes rather than underlying technology,” said Stanners.