Vocus doubles Bureau of Meteorology contract

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Telecom company Vocus has doubled its business with Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) with a four-year contract worth A$15.7m (US$10.4m).

Under the new contract, Vocus has retained all of its existing services to the bureau as well as being awarded the majority of its remaining sites.

Vocus will serve the majority of bureau sites through its own fiber network, working with broadband supplier nbn co and other network providers to reach sites beyond its network footprint.

Almost one third of new sites will be provided by nbn, with most of these being provided on nbn’s business satellite services.

The new contract will see Vocus significantly increase overall capacity and redundancy to the bureau, as well as support mission critical functions on its high capacity network.

Andrew Wildblood, chief executive enterprise and government at Vocus, said, “Typically, we provide fiber and network solutions to customers entirely on our own fiber network, which has been purpose built for business. That has certainly been a key factor in winning this contract with BoM, and the strong supplier relationship we’ve had with them for more than a decade.

“For site requirements in areas beyond the reach of our network, we’re able to use our expertise as a fiber specialist to provide solutions on the best fiber available – from NBN, Telstra and a range of other providers. This is something we know organizations like BoM really value.”

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