A Daisy Group joint venture has won a 10 year contract worth £81m to provide unified communications to Essex County Council.
Daisy Updata Communications [DUCL], the joint venture between the distributor and Updata Infrastructure, won the long-term contract, which will see the company manage and develop an IT network infrastructure and services for the council.
The infrastructure will initially connect schools and corporate sites but it is hoped other public sector organisations, such as the NHS, councils and police and fire services will be included.
Matthew Riley [pictured], CEO of Daisy Group, said: 'This contract win is an illustration of the success we can achieve in the public sector. Essex County Council's choice of Daisy Group and Updata is testament to the high level of service and cost savings we can provide to our customers via a truly unified communications offering.
'This is the blueprint for success for other local authorities and we look forward to being able to provide our services through the framework to reduce costs and transform access for public services to ICT.'
David Wilde, chief information officer at Essex County Council, said: 'Daisy Updata Communications has developed a model that will deliver our strategic objectives and support the transformation of the council's services delivered to our citizens.
'As part of its bid process, DUCL proposed a highly innovative and transparent commercial model that ensured best value for the county and helped us achieve our cost savings.'
Author: Graeme Neill