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Iridium Satellite Services
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Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
The Satellite Operations Section of the Directorate of Communications and Network Operations coordinates the provision of satellite communication services to the Australian Defence Force. The primary intent is to provide a low cost alternate communications means for service personnel within Australia, its littoral regions and across the globe. To achieve this, the ADF has been utilising the Iridium satellite constellation. The Iridium satellite constellation is a system of active communication satellites with spares in orbit and on the ground. It allows worldwide voice and data communications using handheld satellite phones. The Iridium network is unique in that it covers the whole earth, including poles, oceans and airways.
The Australian Defence Force currently utilises the Iridium fleet for paging, voice and data communications.
This Request for Tender aims to replace the current arrangement for the provision of Iridium Satellite Services to the Australian Defence Force.
All documentation should reference CIOG608/08.
The alternative contact for this request for tender is:
Squadron Leader Darren Ross
SO2 SATCOM MGR
HMAS HARMAN ACT 2600
(02) 6127 8357
It is a requirement that the Directorate of Communications and Network Operations procure telecommunication services under the Australian Government Telecommunications Agreement (AGTA), formally known as the Whole of Government Telecommunications Agreement (WOGTA).
The successful tenderer is expected to be a signatory, or is in the process of becoming a signatory, under the Australian Government Telecommunications Arrangement (AGTA). The successful tenderer will therefore complete negotiations with a suitable AGTA Head Agreement in place and provide a suitable AGTA Schedule 5 for the services outlined in this request for tender. Information about the AGTA can be found at http://www.finance.gov.au/procurement/ict-procurement/australian-government-telecommunications-arrangement/index.html .
Tenders Close - 25 May 09
Tender Evaluation Complete – 8 Jun 09
Preferred Tenderer Contacted – 15 Jun 09
Contract Negotiation Completed – 30 Jun 09
Contract Start – 1 Jul 09
Tenderers should note that the above schedule is subject to change at any time and is not to be relied on by tenderers.