A new agreement between New Zealand Post and Vodafone will lead to a complete redesign of New Zealand Post’s network services.
The joint announcement 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.
Under the five-year contract, Vodafone will provide a wide range of services to the group including network connectivity, voice services, Wi-Fi and videoconferencing, and a comprehensive suite of security services.
“New Zealand Post was looking for flexibility, innovation and significant cost reductions as part of its five year business strategy,” says Mark Yeoman, NZ Post CFO, in a statement.
“The current NZ Post IT network is complex and difficult to manage,” he says. “NZ 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.”
“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.”
NZ Post issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Network as a Service in June 2013. It 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,” says 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.”
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