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In April this year Telstra cemented its place as one
of Defence’s biggest ICT partners, signing a six-and-
a-half year, $1.1 billion contract for the provision of
The contract, which represents the largest customer
undertaking in Telstra’s history and will create 350
new jobs, is set to significantly improve network
performance and meet capability requirements to
Telstra will address deficiencies in the Defence
Terrestrial Communications Network, building an
integrated, high-capacity network to support better
conduct of operations and the management of
The single network will be designed to connect
fixed and deployed locations built on a single set of
standards and products, which Defence users will
be able to connect to at any time, including through
The use of technology such as unified
communications, advanced video conferencing as
well as tablet and smartphone usage, will provide a
vital link connecting troops, commanders, bases and
allies around the world, and enable Defence to better
integrate fixed telecommunications with satellite and
The Defence Terrestrial Communications Network
includes networks at approximately 430 sites in
Australia and interfaces to tactical networks and
partners. It supports something in the realms of
In the past five years Telstra has signed an additional
$400.6 million worth of contracts with Defence,
including two carriage deals with a combined value
of $169 million.
Telstra is Australia's largest telecommunications
and information services company, with total revenue
of $25.4 billion and earnings before tax of more than
$10 billion in 2011-12.
CSC Australia is the regional subsidiary of
US-based IT services company CSC, one of the
largest outsourcing corporations in the world with
approximately 90,000 employees in more than 70
countries (3,000 in Australia).
The company provides products and services for all
Defence groups, including the Vice Chief of Defence
Force Group, all three services, Chief Information
Officer Group, Capability Development Group,
Defence Materiel Organisation, Defence Intelligence
and Security Group, Chief Financial Officer Group,
Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Chief
of Joint Operations, and Defence Support Group.
CSC's Defence experience in Australia includes
systems integration and architecture for the joint
command support environment, delivering the garrison
estate management solution, project management for
JP 2077 logistics program, ER P services for the
upgrade of the Roman SAP system, and specialist
support for ADF preparedness and workforce
planning, ANZAC ships, EWTS, DMST and DSTO
In February 2011 CSC announced it had signed
a five-year contract to develop and implement an
electronic health (eHealth) information system for the
ADF known as the Joint eHealth Data and Information
As part of the development and implementation of
this system, CSC developed a mature, centralised,
web-accessible primary care solution that is military
The company also provides application hosting
and IT support services to the project, as well
as organisational change management, and
communication, training and project management.
In 2009 CSC also worked with the ADF to extend
its SAP upgrade, including SAP migration to NewGL
and the implementation of a new cash reporting
Put simply, IBM handles the nuts and bolts of the
ADF’s administrative ICT requirements.
The company is one of five suppliers to have
been appointed to Defence’s Applications Managed
Services Partnership Agreement, which is set to
take charge of all major systems integration work
undertaken at the Department.
Some of the main services IBM provides to the
ADF include information management consulting
and project management services, provision of
enterprise (software & hardware) infrastructure in
support of Defence ERPs (ROMAN, PMKEYS,
MILIS), integration and application infrastructure, IP
networking and telephony solutions integration.
In December 2011 IBM announced it had won its
largest contract with the Department of Defence to
date, a $342 million Head Agreement covering both
hardware and software.
The contract takes in some of the core requirements
of the Defence IT environment through to September
The associated “Services Oriented Architecture”
project is concerned with providing “reusable,
granular, modular and interoperable services” across
Defence’s infrastructure, to allow the Department to
introduce cost-saving centralised support services.
A planned Single Secure Desktop project aims
to assist those personnel who need to use multiple
PCs in order to access multiple security classification
levels. The Department is looking to deploy multi-level
information-sharing across these security domains.
Through the Data Centre Migration and Centralised
Processing projects, Defence is consolidating its fleet
of more than 200 data centre facilities down to less
In 2008, the ADF also renewed its Enterprise
Licence Agreement with IBM at a value of $269
million over five years.
Telecommunications Satellite Organization in
1964 – a public-private consortium comprising the
telecommunications agencies of 18 countries –
Intelsat now operates the world’s largest fixed satellite
It currently manages a satellite fleet comprised of
more than 50 satellites (covering 99% of the earth’s
populated regions), including the Boeing-built IS-22 .
IS-22 carries a specialised UHF hosted payload
with twenty 25 kHz channels on behalf of the ADF,
which provides critical tactical radio coverage over the
Middle East Area of Operations, particularly to Special
Forces in Afghanistan.
The 6,199kg satellite was launched in March
2012 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan,
marking a significant milestone in the ADF’s
Indian Ocean Region UHF SATCOM project, and
representing a 400 per cent increase in UHF satellite
IS-22 operates in a 72 degrees east orbital slot
over the Indian Ocean.
The ADF will share some of its payload with
the US Department of Defense as part of a UHF
Communications Memorandum of Understanding. In
return it will eventually gain access to UHF channels
over the Pacific Ocean.
The ultra-high frequency (UHF) spectrum is
favoured by modern military organisations due to the
mobility of the ground terminals and its overall lower
cost, more predictable coverage and the fact it is less
likely to be affected by interference.
Intelsat, which is contracted to operate the IS-22
satellite for 15 years after launch, had derived
revenues of more than $290 million from the Indian
Ocean Region UHF SATCOM project by mid-2012.
While not exclusively an ICT company, Thales Australia
rates a mention here for its role as the prime contractor
in ADF’s Next Generation Desktop (NGD) project.
The NGD project was born from a 2009 ICT
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