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Telstra Wins $17M AFP Mobile Phones & Services Contract

Telstra has won a $17.7 million contract from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for the supply of mobile phones and services. The contract will expand three years, ending 18th September 2020.

Reports state procurement occurred through an open tender, via the Federal Government’s Mobile Panel.

The procurement panel comprises other mobile services providers, including the likes of Macquarie Telecom, iiNet and Optus.

The news comes after the AFP went to market at the end of August, seeking a supplier to provide it with a mobile phone forensics tool.

The AFP is reportedly looking to employ a phone forensics tool provider for a two-year period, with the option to extend to subsequent years, one year at a time.

Publications such as ARN have previously reported that such tools are used by law enforcement agencies to hack into mobile devices and retrieve data for investigation purposes.

The federal procurement panel was established in 2014 – since then Telstra has been awarded several contracts for the supply of mobile phones and services, reported to be at least $7.3 million of procurement dollars.

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