Media release

Tasmanian Government chooses iiNet for Net services

14 July 2015

iiNet today reports that it will provide Internet access services for most of the Tasmanian Government public sector for the next two years.

iNet will provide Internet services for all Tasmanian Government departments except for the Department of Education, plus another 36 non-crown customers, such as local councils, that leverage the Tasmanian Government's buying power to obtain competitive Internet access rates.

iiNet won the contract, which includes optional one-year extensions, through TMD, a division of Tasmania's Department of Premier and Cabinet, which is responsible for providing whole-of-government communications and business solutions.

This Tasmanian success extends iiNet's public sector presence, which includes contracts with the ACT Government, SA Government and Victoria's Department of Education.

"Under the contract, the Government will be able to increase capacity while still making substantial savings," the Minister for Information Technology and Innovation, Michael Ferguson MP said.

"This is the first purchase to be made through the Networking Tasmania III project to deliver and support the Tasmanian Cloud."

The Tasmanian Cloud is a Tasmanian Government initiative to better serve the needs of the Tasmanian community, as well as support the local ICT industry, by moving the majority of Government data to secure, outsourced on-island data centre services.

iiNet's State Manager for Tasmania and Victoria, Ryan Mistry, who is also a board member of TasICT, said iiNet had won the contract by offering better value-for-money. "iiNet has a long-standing presence in Tasmania, so it's great to grow our existing relationship with the State Government," he said.

iiNet's success requires it to build additional fibre optic links to connect up its Hobart data centre with the Tasmanian Government's core network. Once complete, iiNet will provide Internet services to a central location, with the Tasmanian Government using its own network to reticulate Internet access to various agencies.

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About iiNet

iiNet is Australia's second largest DSL Internet Service Provider and the leading challenger in the telecommunications market.

We're committed to making it simple for all Australians to connect across both our own network and the National Broadband Network (NBN). Our vision is to lead the market with services that harness the potential of the Internet and then differentiate with award-winning customer service.

iiNet has a proud history of delivering awesome customer service, which has won us dozens of awards, including a silver medal at the Contact Centre World Awards in 2014.

We employ more than 2,500 enthusiastic staff across three countries - 80 per cent of whom are employed to directly service nearly one million customers. We maintain our own broadband network and support over 1.8 million services nationwide.

A lot has changed since iiNet was founded in a suburban garage in 1993 and the broadband landscape continues to evolve. What hasn't changed is our passion for the transformative benefits of the Internet and our commitment to helping Australians connect better.

To learn more about iiNet and its long history of being a challenger in the Australian telecommunications market, click here.