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Verizon wins AU$15m contract from Australian Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has signed AU$15m (£9.1m) contract with telecom provider Verizon for a dual Internet gateway service to boost the security and efficiency of its IT systems.

The US-based company, which operates America’s largest 4G wireless network, will provide intrusion detection and firewall management, anti-spam and anti-virus management, VPN management and DOS Protection with its IPv6-capable bandwidth.

The three-year deal, which is part of the AFG’s gateway reduction programme led by the Department of Finance, is hoped to achieve savings of AU$25m by reducing Internet gateways to eight from 124, over four years from 2010 to 2014.

Rudi Lammers, assistant commissioner and former CIO of AFP, said: "The AFP congratulates Verizon on winning the tender and looks forward to a professional and constructive partnership with Verizon."

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Verizon, which signed a five-year agreement at a cost of more than AU$50 million with the Department of Defence in 2011 for dual internet gateway solution, will also staff a local contact centre providing 24-hour support.

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