news IP telephony and broadband company MyNetFone this week revealed it had been selected by the Tasmanian Government to supply Voice over IP telephony services to the state, in a three-year deal expected to be worth some $20 million over the period.
The State Government – which in the past had traditionally had an extensive relationship with Telstra when it comes to the provision of telecommunications services — is planning to invest in what it described as “next-generation” communications technology with the aim of improving service levels and enhancing productivity.
In a statement issued by MyNetFone this week, the company said the delivery of IP telephony services to Tasmania would be supported by the company’s SIP trunking system, which will allow the state to extend IP communications to employees in all offices, regardless of whether they were located on a main site, at branch offices or working remotely. MyNetFone will invest in additional infrastructure in Tasmania to support the deal.
The company plans to deploy a “fully redundant and fully diverse carrier-grade voice switching network” in the state, as well as diverse IP connections to the mainland to connect to the rest of Australia’s public switched telephony network – the traditional PSTN.
“MyNetFone is a young, energetic, innovative company which has proven it is capable to develop services that meet the Government’s requirements,” said Piero Peroni, the general manager of Tasmania’s TMD technology purchasing division. “This agreement will not only put the Government in a great position to meet the evolving needs of our communities, but will also contribute to the growth and diversity of the local industry, with MyNetFone’s expanded operations and commitment to the state.”
“We are looking forward to a long and successful partnership with them,” Peroni added.
MyNetFone chief executive Rene Sugo said that the agreement with the Tasmanian Government demonstrated that Internet telephony had reached the maturity and scalability to service even the largest public and private sector organisations. MyNetFone subsidiary Symbio is also one of the few direct wholesalers to invest in NBN services in Tasmania this year – allowing smaller ISPs to resell NBN services. This investment was also cited in the media release as being supportive of the Tasmanian Government’s communications plans.
I was very surprised to see that the Tasmanian Government – a large organisation – had signed this contract with MyNetFone, which is more usually known for its consumer-grade VoIP and broadband offerings. It would be more normal for a state government or large private sector organisation to go to existing business carriers such as Telstra, Optus or Macquarie Telecom for these kind of IP telephony needs.
I will be interested to see whether MyNetFone is able to handle the volume of work which the Tasmanian Government looks to want to throw its way in the area of SIP trunking. If the company is able to handle this load, perhaps MyNetFone has the potential to emerge as an important player in Australia’s corporate telephony market. It will be fascinating to see what emerges from this contract.