Arivia.kom has secured a five-year contract as the preferred information communication and technology (ICT) service provider to Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), with a minimum value of R68 million over the period. The deal is part of a move by ACSA to capitalise on the technology expertise, skills capacity and geographic capability of arivia.kom.

As part of the deal, arivia.kom will further benefit by fulfilling a key role in the implementation of ACSA's IT strategy. ACSA has budgeted to spend in the order of R150 million over the next four years to 2009 on various strategic IT projects as part of its overall strategy and alignment for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Some of the strategic initiatives include enterprise wide technology architecture and a technology and infrastructure renewal, coupled with a business process and information re-engineering exercise as well as a renewed management information system.

"We chose arivia.kom as the preferred service provider primarily because as a company with an annual turnover of R1,6 billion and some 1400 permanent members of staff they have the capacity to support ACSA in line with best business practices. The company also has physical presence in all locations where ACSA owns an airport."

Brooks Mparutsa, ACSA's Executive Director: Finance & IT: "ACSA was pleased with arivia.kom's preparedness to enter into a mutually beneficial, arm's length agreement with ACSA for the provision of key components of our IT requirements. Most importantly, as a commercially oriented state-owned enterprise like ACSA, arivia.kom underwrites the black economic empowerment charter and related principles set by the Government," he added.

Leon Deist, the executive Business Services division of arivia.kom, said that arivia.kom was well positioned to add value to this globally competitive company given its IT infrastructure scale, business solution expertise and consulting skills.