, Michael Sainsbury said that Australian telecommunications service provider
dumping about 5,000 Macs
as part of a multi-year, multi-million dollar overhaul of its information technology structure.
Sainsbury said that Optus is moving all of its users to Windows PCs as part of a platform consolidation strategy with its parent company SingTel. The two companies merged their financial systems together earlier this year. Sainsbury estimated Optus’ total installed base of desktops to be about 10,000 systems.
Sainsbury quotes an unidentified senior Optus manager as saying “Now that we have cut costs, we are looking to invest in platforms for growth.”
Optus provides Australians with mobile, business, small business, wholesale, and consumer services. The company claims to control about one-third of Australia’s GSM mobile market, and takes in about half of its revenue from data services related to its business unit.