Jobs created through telecommunications agreement Tue 28 August 2012 Lara Giddings Premier An IT and telecommunications company with over 15 years' experience in Tasmania has been selected to help roll-out 21st century communications technologies across the Tasmanian Government. The Premier, Lara Giddings, today announced the signing of an agreement with Australian company Anittel for the delivery of Managed Voice Services. The technology will implemented through a planned roll-out across Government to replace the current system, which will soon be discontinued by the only supplier. The first step will be to complete a trial. Ms Giddings said Anittel intended to increase its Tasmanian workforce subject to the successful completion of trials. "The State Government is pleased to be partnering with a company that has had a long history delivering telecommunications and IT technologies to Tasmanian businesses," Ms Giddings said. "Anittel intends to create at least 10 new jobs in its Hobart and Launceston offices, with the potential to further expand their Tasmanian operations into the future. "These jobs will be in highly skilled management, technical and support roles across the state, enhancing the diversity and capability in the local ICT industry." The announcement is the third in a set of agreements required to replace the current dated telephony services of the Tasmanian Government; as the current system is to be discontinued by the only supplier. "The Tasmanian Government needs 21st century technology to effectively connect Tasmanians to services, improve communication between agencies and prepare for the revolutionary roll-out of the National Broadband Network. "We have released two Requests for Tenders to deliver Tasmanian Government telephony services. The first covered carriage and calls over traditional technologies and IP-based technology, as well as inbound services (13 and 1800 numbers). "We recently announced Telstra as the supplier for the traditional technologies and MyNetFone as the supplier for voice services based on IP technologies. "Anittel will provide the voice network for the Tasmanian Government, including in-building equipment such as handsets and switching equipment. "On the back of the deployment of Tasmanian Government services, MyNetFone will be employing local account management resources and will use fibre assets to roll out competitive NBN plans statewide." If the Anittel trials are successful the five year contract will have has a minimum value of approximately $7 million, with extensions possible at the Government's discretion of up to a total of 14 years.