Telstra to jump into bed with Australia Post for Digital mailboxes.
The communications giants have announced a “strategic partnership” which will see the telco hosting Australia Post’s Digital MailBox on its cloud platform.
This new deal will also enable Telstra customers access their account statements and bills via the digital postbox.
Launching later this year, the post office’s free Digital MailBox app will enable anyone to receive bank statements, bills and communications from government bodies and make e-payments using any internet enabled device.
The telco also looks set to host the service on its cloud computing platform, although the details aren’t finalised yet.
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Under the memorandum of understanding between the two companies, Telstra will also deliver more services through Australia Post’s IT network, which will assist in the roll out of Australia Post’s retail superstores across the country.
However, there has been some controversy surrounding OZ Post’s Digital Mailbox, which was announced just days after rivals ‘Digital Post Australia’ (owned by Computershare, Salmat and Zumbox) launched an online post box service, in March.
Australia Post sought to block the use of the “Digital Post” name service, accusing it of “cashing in” on its name, despite the newcomer having preceded its service.
“Part of our digital customer strategy is to provide our customers with access to information through a variety of channels of their choice,” said “Telstra CEO David Thodey.
“The Australia Post Digital MailBox will extend this choice to complement our existing digital options such as our website, and mobile applications.”
Telstra is investing more than $800 million on its cloud computing services across the next five years, it said.
Australians can register for an Australia Post Digital MailBox at auspost.com.au/digital-post.