Telstra seals $457 million Queensland government deal

The partnership is set for 15 years.

The deal has been sealed. Telstra (ASX: TLS) will build out the Queensland Government’s wireless network for a grand total of $457.3 million. The 15-year partnership between the government, Telstra, and Motorola Solutions has been signed off by all parties, paving the way for a more connected public sector.

“Queensland’s Government Wireless Network is designed to support critical community services including police, fire and ambulance services,” said Telstra Executive Director for Government and Not for Profit work Chris Pearce in a statement today. “We look forward to building a communications system for public service agencies that will provide better coverage and functionality for public safety agencies to assist the community.”

While the partnership is set for 15 years, the main push for the project comes from more imminent Queensland events. Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and Cairns are Telstra’s top priority before the 2014 G20 summit meetings. From there, the company will expand its networks to the rest of the South-East in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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