It is understood that the four IT providers on the panel, Capgemini, Accenture, IBM, and HPE will be able to compete for work in a number of tranches over the next several years of the project.
Meanwhile, the MYEFO reiterated the government's commitment to invest $60 million over three years from 2017-18 for round three of the Mobile Black Spot Program, which is aimed at improving mobile phone coverage and competition in outer metropolitan, regional, and remote Australia.
The funding will be provided to target priority black spot locations that have not yet received funding under the $600 million program and locations that mobile network providers do not currently service due to commercial reasons.
In early December, Optus and Telstra were granted a share in $60 million funding for round two of the program, with Optus set to build 114 new mobile sites and Telstra to construct an additional 148 mobile sites as part of the program's second round.
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