The Government has selected the providers for its Telephony Services Framework, aimed at saving money and making government departments and local authorities more efficient.
Two lots were put together by the Government Procurement Service, and operators were chosen after a three-month tendering process. Lot 1 accounted for traditional telephony services, including outbound voice and broadband data services, while Lot 2 covered inbound voice services, with non-geographic numbers included. Telefonica UK (O2), Virgin Media Business, Azzurri Communications, Daisy Communications, Gamma Telecom, Switch Comminuications and TalkTalk Communications were chosen for both lots. In addition, Adept Telecom and EE were picked to make up Lot 1, while 08UK and Vodafone were selected for Lot 2.
The Framework, or RM1035, 'forms part of the Governments ICT strategy to migrate public sector organisations to next generation services' under the Public Services Network.
Head of public sector marketing at EE, Barry Bolton, said: ‘Being awarded a place on the Telephony Services Framework builds on our selection for the Public Services Network last year and demonstrates EE’s capability in delivering public sector services. It is an exciting opportunity for us to develop innovative products and services that provide best value to public sector organisations.’