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Defence taps Telstra to overhaul terrestrial communications network

Telstra said it's finalising an offer prior to contract signing.

The Defence Department has chosen Telstra as a preferred vendor on the department’s request for an upgraded terrestrial communications service.

"We can confirm Telstra has been selected as the Department of Defence’s preferred tenderer for its Terrestrial Communications Services Request for Tender,” a Telstra spokesman said.

“We are now working closely with Defence to finalise our offer and its execution prior to contract signing."

Optus had also been in the running for the contract, which has been estimated to be worth $1 billion.

In April 2010, Defence issued a request for tender for a service provider to update its Defence Terrestrial Communications Network (DTCN) to a high-speed Internet Protocol (IP) based network.

The new network is to support improved integration and data exchange with Australian allies and coalition partners and other government agencies, improve network capacity management, and deliver collaboration tools such as document collaboration, voice and video conferencing.

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