Spark has gained certifications for three of its newest government services, including two government networks and a meeting room service that enables dispersed teams to connect via high-quality video.
Services offered under the Telecommunications-as-a-Service (TaaS) procurement panel undergo review and certification by DIA for compliance with the New Zealand Information Security Manual.
TaaS is a simplified purchasing arrangement jointly developed by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to allow government agencies to easily and securely connect with each other and their customers.
Spark’s client chief security information officer Ian Hurst said the accreditations have given the telco giant a competitive edge, allowing meeting room services and government networks (GNet) to join its existing service portfolio.
“In the eyes of our customers, this TaaS certification is a personal recommendation from an independent source," Hurst said.
"Being able to run a national network and trans-Tasman services requires rigour and assurance oversight. Spark is constantly driving innovation without impacting the core capability or quality of our services.".
TaaS services are defined across five sectors: connectivity, communications, managed security, contact centre and aggregation.
GNet sits under connectivity and stands for ‘Government network’, a multi-vendor internet like user access network which allows Government agencies to access simple, high-speed, ubiquitous connectivity services for user access.
Meeting Room Services sits under communications and allows Government agencies to use dedicated video conferencing and room-based services.
The certifications come after Spark signed up its 100th TaaS customer, the NZ Fire Service, earlier this year.