Telecoms operator BT has won a £120m deal to provide a unified comms package to around 20 public services across Surrey and Berkshire County Councils.
Under the contract BT will replace up to 40 separate networks with just one unified comms network. BT beat rivals Kcom Group and Logicalis UK to the deal, which runs for seven years with an additional five-year extension option.
The contract covers both county councils and can be extended to include police services, local schools and colleges, health authorities and local charities.Under the programme, known as Unicorn (unified community over regional network), BT will provide a managed wide-area network, local area networks, IP voice services, and other managed IP services. BT is also tasked with sub-letting short term telecoms contracts to network providers, including mobile network operators, to ensure competitive pricing.
Neil Rogers (pictured), global government president at BT Global Services, said the deal allows the councils ‘to be more agile, collaborative and connected to their citizens and to take advantage of the lower cost of operation’.
Denise Le Gal, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for change and efficiency, said the new contract will cut costs by £5.25m. She added: ‘Our aim is to provide the highest-quality services at the very best value for money.’
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